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Hall of Fame Classic
First round: Greensburg 48, Mt. Vernon 37
In the first game of the boys basketball Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle Saturday afternoon, Greensburg defeated Mt. Vernon 48-37.
The 3A No. 1 Pirates, who defeated the Marauders 62-37 at last season’s 3A Richmond Semistate en route to their first state championship, moved to 8-0 on the season and plays 4A No. 7 Columbus North (5-1) in the championship game at about 8 p.m.
MV dropped to 2-5 and faces 4A No. 14 Evansville Harrison (3-3), which lost to Columbus North 82-64, in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Greensburg was paced by Ball State recruit Sean Sellers, who scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In his second game back after missing the season’s first five games due to suspension, CJ Coleman scored 15 points and added four rebounds for the Marauders.
Greensburg extended its winning streak, which dates back to last January, to 23 games. Coach Stacy Meyer’s group has won 57 of its past 59 games.
The Marauders proved to be a worthy adversary, however, collecting a 11-10 advantage after a quarter and cutting the Pirates’ double-digit lead in the second half to four early in the fourth quarter.
Greensburg entered averaging 80.9 points per game on 61 percent shooting, including 50 percent from 3. The Pirates, who boast four players scoring in double figures, also had an average margin of victory of 37.5 points and had scored in the 90s on three occasions.
Mt. Vernon attempted to limit Greensburg’s offensive possessions by controlling the clock with a screen-heavy offense.
The strategy mostly worked until Sellers got loose late in the second quarter and the entire third frame.
The 6-7 senior scored his team’s last four points of the half as the Pirates took a 24-19 lead into the break. After intermission, Sellers scored Greensburg’s first 9 points to push the Pirates ahead 35-20 with 1 minute and 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Marauders responded with a 11-0 run that began at the end of the third and culmi-nated with freshman Michael Ertel swishing a 3 from the left wing to cut his team’s deficit to 35-31.
Greensburg came right back with an 11-1 spurt. Collin Rigney canned a pair of open 3s from the right corner, and Ryan Welage added 5 points to push the lead up to 12 at 44-32.
Consolation: Mt. Vernon 70, Evansville Harrison 53
In the Hall of Fame Classic nightcap, Mt. Vernon regrouped after a defeat to Greensburg earlier in the day to beat 4A No. 14 Evansville Harrison 70-53 to win the consolation match.
CJ Coleman and Erick Shepherd scored 20 points apiece for the Marauders (3-5), who never trailed against the Warriors (3-4).
MV led 24-13 after a quarter, then boosted that margin to 42-29 at intermission on the strength of 65 percent shooting.
Mt. Vernon wound up shooting 57 percent for the game, outscoring Evansville Harrison 40-28 in the paint and 14-2 on fast-break points.
Ernie Duncan paced the Warriors with a game-best 24 points. Duncan’s brother, Everett, sat out the game after suffering a lower leg injury in EH’s first game vs. Columbus North. Everett entered Saturday averaging a team-high 22 points per game.
The Marauders were ahead 55-41 at the end of the third quarter, then pushed their advantage to 24 with a 10-2 run to begin the final stanza.
The black and gold return to action Saturday afternoon vs. Warren Central (5-4) at Tech High School.
Championship: Greensburg 65, Columbus North 59
All-tournament team: MVP Bryant McIntosh (Greensburg), Sean Sellers (Greensburg), Elliott Welmer (Columbus North), Josh Speidel (Columbus North), CJ Coleman (Mt. Vernon), Ernie Duncan (Evansville Harrison)
Note: Matchups previously set, no consolation or championship games
Jennings County 71, Plainfield 55
Mt. Vernon 52, Martinsville 44
MV — Shelton 21 pts, Coleman 12 pts 9 reb, Baugh 8 pts 8 reb. Martinsvile — Ferguson 11 pts, Fisher 10 pts, 6 blocks
Mt. Vernon 57, Plainfield 53
MV — Coleman 23 pts (career high), Shelton 18 pts, Sandefur 10 pts. Plainfield — Ferrell 13 pts
Martinsville 63, Jennings County 41
Eastern Hancock 61, Guerin Catholic 34
EH — Best 15 pts, Eischen 14 pts, Schrope 10 pts 7 assists 6 steals, Harmon 8 pts
Ritter 59, New Haven 31
Championship — Ritter 63, Eastern Hancock 56
Eastern Hancock won the JV tourney. The Royals beat New Haven 39-25 in the title game.
Evansville Mater Dei Holiday Classic
New Palestine's Chad Red (120) and Brian Wagner (195) won individual titles.
Other top finishers for the Dragons: Starks 3rd at 113, McCarty 3rd at 126, Grable 3rd at 220, White 4th at 106.
Evansville Mater Dei won the 16-team event with 265.5 points, ahead of Franklin (237.5), Union County (194) and New Palestine (181.5) and Avon (154.5).
At the Ben Davis Invite, Eastern Hancock took seventh place out of 17 teams.
Austin Henderson took 8th place 2-3 on the day.
Lucas Mohr was 1-4 on the day
Sam Fitzgerald was 2-3
132 — Brent Morris 4-1 on the day and placed 5th place.
138 — Nathan Kell 2-3 and took 8th place.
145 — Garrett Janes placed 8th with a 2-3
152 — Jarrod Waterman was 4-1 on the day and placed 3rd.
160 — Dakota Myers was 2-3 on the day.
160 — Devin Brinson was 1-4 on the day.
170 — Aaron Riley was 2-3 on the day.
182 — Hunter Knopp was 4-1 on the day and placed 3rd.
195 — Kenny Delph was 3-2 and placed 4th today.
220 — Josh Ramage was 3-2 and placed 6th place.
HWT — Josh Robinson was 2-3 on the day.
HWT — Sean Taylor was 1-4 on the day.
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