News and Tribune

January 4, 2014

BOYS’ BASKETBALL — WETTIG TOURNAMENT: Richmond moves on with 69-39 win over Highlanders

Rock Creek goes 1-1, sets records

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

RICHMOND —  Host Richmond outscored Floyd Central 37-7 in the second half to become the fourth ranked team in Class 4A to move into the semifinals of the Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament on Friday.

The Highlanders will face Norwell, which dropped a 76-74 decision to Jeffersonville on Friday, this morning at Earlham College. Later in the day, they’ll play a Hoosier Hills Conference rival. Floyd will face either Jennings County or Bedford North Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. at the Tiernan Center with a win over Norwell or 5 p.m. at Earlham College with a loss to the Knights.

The Highlanders played the No. 7 Red Devils close for most of the first half and pulled within 35-32 in the final moments of the half before two Richmond free throws gave them a 37-32 lead heading into the half.

In the second half, the Highlanders couldn’t buy a bucket. After scoring three points in the first four minutes of the third quarter, they went over nine minutes without a point, spanning the third and fourth quarters.

While Floyd couldn’t put the ball in the basket, Richmond had little trouble, going on an 18-0 run during that period. Connor Sturgeon finally ended the drought with a basket to make the score 69-37 with 2:30 left in the contest.

Myles Ervin, who had 28 points in the Highlanders’ first-round win over Portage, had 17 of Floyd’s 39 on Friday. He went just 6 of 17 from the floor but was successful on four of his seven 3-point attempts. Zach Nichols added eight points and a game-high seven boards in the loss.

 

LIONS GO 1-1 IN DAY 2

After getting knocked into the consolation bracket by host Richmond on Thursday, Rock Creek Academy split a pair of games on Friday and will play Indianapolis Tindley for ninth place today.

After a 59-48 loss to Portage, the Lions ripped through Fox Creek Christian (Ky.), 110-48 for their first win of the tournament.

Will Brown hit a tournament-record nine 3-pointers on 14 attempts as Rock Creek broke its school record for points in a game. The previous record was 103 against Indianapolis Herron in 2009. Brown finished with a game-high 29 points.

Gedeon Nzombi scored 20 points and had five rebounds and Ronald Karenzi added 18 points and five boards. Devin Burt came off the bench to score 17.

“Our overall intensity was good,” Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said. “We saw a lot of good things.”

Rock Creek had every chance to win its opener on Friday, but it went 16 of 55 from the floor and 10 of 24 from the foul line in the loss to Portage.

Add in approximately a dozen missed layups and it was a miracle the Lions were in the contest almost the entire way.

“Championships and big games always come down to layups and free throws,” Chris Brown said. “This game came down to that. Two missed free throws is a turnover. We might as well just hand the ball over to the other team.”

Will Brown brought Rock Creek even at 15-15 with a shot at the first-quarter buzzer. After going 2 for 8 from the foul line and being outscored 20-6 in the second quarter, the Lions went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull within 37-35 on a Karenzi offensive putback.

“I thought we were in the driver’s seat,” Chris Brown said. “They were not comfortable the rest of the game, but we didn’t make bunny shots and free throws.”

Will Brown led the Lions with 14 points. Nzombi added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

“The competition here as been tough, similar to a sectional,” Coach Brown said. “We have to be tougher to be competitive in our sectional.”

 

BOB WETTIG MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

At Richmond

Thursday

        Game 1 — FW North 85, Indianapolis Metropolitan 60

        Game 2 — Jennings County 54, Connersville 49

        Game 3 — Columbus North 78, Indianapolis Tindley 29

        Game 4 — Bedford North Lawrence 50, East Central 49

        Game 5 — Jeffersonville 118, Fox Creek Christian (Ky.) 46

        Game 6 — Norwell 80, Greenfield Central 51

        Game 7 — Richmond 86, Rock Creek Academy 38

        Game 8 — Floyd Central 64, Portage 61

Friday

        Game 9 — Connersville 53, Indianapolis Metropolitan 38

        Game 10 — East Central 47, Indianapolis Tindley 42

        Game 11 — Greenfield-Central 71, Fox Creek Christian (Ky.) 57

        Game 12 — Portage 59, Rock Creek 47

        Game 13 — FW North 74, Jennings County 57

        Game 14 — Columbus North 75, Bedford NL 54

        Game 15 — Jeffersonville 76, Norwell 74

        Game 16 — Richmond 69, Floyd Central 39

        Game 17 — Tindley 62, Metropolitan 45

        Game 18 — Rock Creek 110, Fox Creek 48

        Game 21 — Connersville 37, East Central 27

        Game 22 — Portage 58, Greenfield-Central 51

Saturday

        Game 19 — Jennings County vs. Bedford NL, 9:30 a.m. at Earlham

        Game 20 — Norwell vs. Floyd Central, 9:30 a.m.

        Game 23 — FW North vs. Columbus North, 11:30 a.m.

        Game 24 — Jeffersonville vs. Richmond, 1 p.m.

        Game 25 — Metropolitan vs. Fox Creek (Ky.), 11 a.m. at Earlham

        Game 26 — Loser Game 19 vs. Loser Game 20, 5 p.m. at Earlham

        Game 27 — Rock Creek vs. Tindley, 2 p.m. at Earlham

        Game 28 — Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 20, 4:30 p.m.

        Game 29 — East Central vs. Greenfield-Central, 3:30 p.m. at Earlham

        Game 30 — Portage vs. Connersville, 3 p.m.

        Game 31 — Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

        Game 32 — Championship Game, 7:30 p.m.