Cougars win Muncie tournament

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Greenfield-Central’s Dylan Moles was named MVP of the Muncie City of Champions Tournament.

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Staff report

Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball team ran its winning streak to 12 games by winning Saturday’s Muncie City of Champions tournament at Muncie Fieldhouse.

The Cougars opened with a 50-49 victory over Associated Press Class 3A No. 8 Bishop Chatard (11-5). They closed the night with a 52-41 victory over Muncie Central (8-6) in the championship game.

Against Chatard, senior Dylan Moles, who was named the tournament MVP, led the way with 18 points. Senior guard Tyler Kerkhof was close behind with 14 points.

Sophomore Braylon Mullins had nine and six rebounds. Kerkhof added five boards.

In the championship game, the teams were tied 28-28 heading into the final quarter. The Cougars outscored the Bearcats 24-13 in the fourth period.

Mullins had 19 points, three steals and four assists. Moles contributed 16 points, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also had three steals and two assists. Kerkhof had nine points and three rebounds.

The Cougars hit 10 of 20 3-point attempts in the championship game.

It’s the second straight year Greenfield-Central has won the tournament. It beat Muncie Central 50-32 in last year’s final.

Greenfield-Central is 15-1 on the season and moved up to No. 14 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (all classifications) rankings (released Sunday evening).

The Cougars return to action Thursday with a home Hoosier Heritage Conference game against Delta.

Marauders pick up conference win

Mt. Vernon bounced back from a Friday night loss to Class 3A No. 13 Connersville with a 50-36 Hoosier Heritage Conference win at Delta Saturday.

The Marauders are 11-6 overall and 4-1 in the HHC. Delta dropped to 10-7 and 1-3 in league action. Mt. Vernon is 6-1 on the road this season.

Freshman Julien Smith led the Marauders with 15 points. Senior Eli Bridenthal finished with 14.

Mt. Vernon will travel to IBCA No. 19 Noblesville Thursday.