Basketball roundup: area teams have tough Tuesday

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By Andrew Harner

PATOKA – The Patoka High School boys basketball team struggled to combat Cisne's patient offense in the first half of a 48-35 loss on Tuesday.


The Warriors, at one point, trailed the Runnin' Lions 21-5, despite preparing for the offensive scheme on Monday.

"We ran their offense for 30 minutes yesterday," said coach Joe Eddy. "We knew they going to be deliberate."

He said he "hopes" the poor play was the result of a long layoff. The Warriors had not played since Dec. 18 at the Wayne City Holiday Tournament.

Patoka did make a comeback try, however, cutting Cisne's lead to as few as five in the second half and playing good basketball the entire third quarter.

The Warriors took care of the ball and were able to come within six, at 30-24, by the end of the quarter.

"A lot of yelling (at halftime)," Eddy said. "I talked about how we had to play for each other, not for ourselves."

That showed in the team's play, as four players scored in the third period. In the first half, only seniors Sawyer Potter and Cody Allen tallied points.

After Zach Wadkins hit a 3-pointer with 7:11 left in the game to cut Patoka's deficit to five, the Warriors went for another dryspell, scoring only four points over the next four minutes. At that point, Patoka trailed, 44-31.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
vs. Cisne
Cisne 48
Patoka 35

Points – Allen, 10; Blake Budds, 7; Potter, 7; Z. Wadkins, 5; Zach Thompson, 4; John Ishum, 2.
Record – 7-6 (2-0 EIC)
JV – Patoka lost, 46-45

St. Elmo vs. South Central
In a rematch of a game from last Thursday, South Central again defeated St. Elmo on Tuesday, this time by a score of 50-34.

In the ninth-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament five days earlier, the Cougars also prevailed, 41-36.

South Central played a very balanced game on Tuesday, scoring no fewer than 11 points in any quarter. The Cougars made 19-of-28 free throws in the contest.

Sophomore Fischer Tharp led the team with 14 points, while senior Garrett Buzzard was the best for St. Elmo with 16 points.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
South Central 50
St. Elmo 34

SC – Tharp, 14; Taylor Cain, 11; Andrew Snow, 9; Colby Bushue, 8; Derek Harmeier, 5; Ross Stock, 3.
SE – Buzzard, 16; Ben Sperry, 9; Dylan Bullard, 3; Garrett Bartels, 2; Connor Beasley, 2; Levi Maxey, 2.
SC – 3-10 (0-2 MTC)
SE – 3-9 (1-2 NTC, 1-0 EIC)
JV Game – South Central lost, 50-42
Up Next:
SC – vs. Webber on Friday (No JV game)
SE – at Stew-Stras on Friday

Brownstown vs. CORL
Christ Our Rock Lutheran defeated Brownstown, 63-55, on Tuesday.

Three Bombers – Coleman Hunter, Bryce Mason and Zach Rigdon – each scored 10 points, and Austin Hunter had 12 rebounds, but the Bombers scored just seven points in the second quarter to give the Stallions a 24-19 lead at halftime.

Four CORL players scored in double-figures, as the Stallions answered every Brownstown basket in the second half to secure the victory.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
vs. CORL
Brownstown 55

Points – C. Hunter, 10; Mason, 10; Rigdon, 10; A. Hunter, 9; Coleman Scott, 8; Nick Reeder, 6; Jake Behrends, 2.
Record – 3-10 (0-3 NTC, 0-1 EIC)
JV – Brownstown lost, 45-39
Up Next – vs. Cowden-Herrick on Friday

Mulberry Grove at Mt. Olive
Senior Allen Tompkins attempted 19 field goals for Mulberry Grove, but his 19 points were not enough for the Aces to overcome Mt. Olive in a 59-45 losing effort.

Tompkins attempted at least four field goals in each quarter, while also grabbing nine rebounds.

Freshman Devonta Williamson also had nine rebounds for Mulberry Grove. He had six points in the contest.

The Aces surrendered 19 points in the third period, while scoring just 10 of their own. Mulberry Grove only trailed 24-20 at halftime.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
at Mt. Olive
Mt. Olive 59
Mulberry Grove 45

Points – Tompkins, 19; Harley Steed, 8; John Rickman, 6; Williamson, 6; Jacob Rickman, 4; Zach Heilig, 2.
Record – 1-11 (0-2 EIC)
JV – Mulberry Grove lost 54-49
Up Next – at Ramsey on Friday

Ramsey vs. Odin
The Rams scored just one point in the second quarter in a blowout, 65-35, loss to Odin.

Senior Blake Hadley led Ramsey with 11 points.

The Rams finished the game strong, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
vs. Odin
Odin 65
Ramsey 35

Points – Hadley, 11; Jordan Johnson, 9; Tyler Pryor, 7; Luke Webb, 5; Ryan Black, 2; Jacob Bergin, 1.
Record – 1-10 (0-3 EIC)
Up Next – vs. Mulberry Grove on Friday