News and Tribune

January 3, 2014

H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Floyd gets first win, 64-61 over Portage

Ervin leads Highlanders with 28 points, four assists, three steals

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newstribune.com

RICHMOND — After opening the season with four losses — two of them heartbreakers — Floyd Central found their clutchness in a 64-61 victory over Portage in the opening round of the Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament at Richmond’s Tiernan Center on Friday.

On Thursday, Myles Ervin scored 28 points, including nine of Floyd’s final 11, in the initial victory for first-year Highlander coach Mark Lieberman.

“It was amazing to get our first win,” Ervin said. “That was a very exciting moment for us.”

“It’s nice to get a win,” Lieberman said. “I told the kids in the locker room [to] just win and move on.”

The Highlanders will face host Richmond in today’s second round at 8:30 p.m. The Red Devils are unbeaten and ranked No. 7 in Class 4A.

“They’re athletic, they’re long, they press, they have shooters,” Lieberman said of Richmond. “We’ll have our work cut out for us. We’ll just see what we can do.”

“We’re looking forward to it,” Ervin said.

The first three quarters were like a yo-yo. Portage came out and took a 7-0 lead. Ervin then scored five of seven points in a 7-0 Floyd run to make it 7-7 with 2:40 left in the opening period.

Portage caught on fire in the second and took a 10-point lead at 25-15 before Floyd closed the half on a 4-0 run. The Highlanders continued the run in the third quarter and tied the contest at 27-all on two Austin Newell free throws with 4:32 left in the period.

From that point, the biggest lead by either team was four by the Highlanders three times. They trailed 47-44 with 5:40 remaining when an Ervin drive cut the gap to 47-46. Ervin then completed a 3-point play to give Floyd a 49-48 lead with 3:11 remaining.

With two minutes left, Mike Lewis knocked down a 3 for a 55-51 Highlander lead. After the Indians tied the game at 58-apiece, Newell hit a layup when Floyd broke the Portage press.

From that point, it was all Ervin. He scored the Highlanders’ final five points and put the game away at the foul line. For the contest, he was 11 of 13 at the charity stripe.

“It seemed like shots were just falling for me tonight and I got to the free throw line,” Ervin explained. I had to step up and make some big plays for us to win,”

Ervin had four assists and three steals to go along with 28 points. Newell, who picked up his fourth foul late in the second quarter, played the entire second half and finished with 10 points and a pair of big 3s. Lewis added eight and also knocked down two second-half shots from behind the 3-point line. Cameron Simpson and Clayton Crum scored eight apiece in the victory.

“Mike Lewis knocked down a couple of big shots, Cameron Simpson hit a couple of big 3s and Austin hit a couple of big shots,” Lieberman said. “And Ervin was more aggressive in the second half. He needs to be for us to win games like this.”

The Highlanders shot just 43 percent from the floor but made 15 of 27 shots in the second half. In fact, Portage won nearly every statistical category but made just 37.8 percent of its shots in the loss.

“We just have to stay the course with what we’re doing,” Lieberman said. “We still had a lot of errors we’ll have to clean up.”

 

FLOYD CENTRAL 64, PORTAGE 61

Floyd Central              9 10 22 23—64

Portage                     12 13 17 19—61

            Floyd Central (1-4): Myles Ervin 8-18 11-13 28, Austin Newell 3-8 2-2 10, Mike Lewis 3-6 0-2 8, Brandon Smith 0-1 0-3 0, Zach Nichols 1-2 0-0 2, Dekaleb Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Simpson 3-9 0-0 8, Clayton Crum 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 22-51 13-20 64.

            Portage (3-3): Jordan Collazo 1-7 10-12 12, Luke Kizer 5-9 3-3 14, Michael Lattanzi 2-7 4-8 9, Jacob Bearse 2-5 4-6 9, David Clegg 2-3 2-2 6, Tim Bryant 3-4 0-0 6, De”Juan Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Peter Pscradelis 2-9 0-0 5. Totals 17-45 23-32 61.

            3-point field goals: Floyd Central 7-24 (Newell 2-6, Lewis 2-4, Simpson 2-6, Ervin 1-6); Portage 4-15 (Kizer 1-2, Lattanzi 1-2, Bearse 1-2, Psradelis 1-5, Collazo 0-4).

            Rebounds: Floyd Central 34 (Nichols 6); Portage 28 (Lattanzi 5, Bearse 5).

            Assists: Floyd Central 11 (Ervin 4, Lewis 4); Portage 9 (Kizer 2, Bearse 2, Nelson 2).

            Steals: Floyd Central 9 (Ervin 3); Portage 7 (Collazo 2, Bearse 2).

            Blocked shots: Floyd Central 0, Portage 4 (Kizer 2).

            Turnovers: Floyd Central 18, Portage 14.

            Fouled out: None.

            Technical fouls: None.

 

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 — Indianapolis Metropolitan vs. Connersville, 9 a.m.

        Game 10 — Indianapolis Tindley vs. East Central, 10:30 a.m.

        Game 11 — Fox Creek Christian (Ky.) vs. Greenfield-Central, Noon

        Game 12 — Rock Creek vs. Portage, 1:30 p.m.

        Game 13 — FW North vs. Jennings County, 3 p.m.

        Game 14 — Columbus North vs. Bedford NL, 4:30 p.m.

        Game 15 — Jeffersonville vs. Norwell, 7 p.m.

        Game 16 — Richmond vs. Floyd Central, 8:30 p.m.

        Game 17 — Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10, 4 p.m.

        Game 18 — Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12, 5:30 p.m.

        Game 21 — Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m. at Earlham

        Game 22 — Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 8:30 p.m. at Earlham

Saturday

        Game 19 — Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14, 9:30 a.m. at Earlham

        Game 20 — Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 16, 9:30 a.m.

        Game 23 — Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 11:30 a.m.

        Game 24 — Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16, 1 p.m.

        Game 25 — Loser Game 17 vs. Loser Game 18, 11 a.m. at Earlham

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

        Game 27 — Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18, 2 p.m. at Earlham

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

        Game 29 — Loser Game 21 vs. Loser Game 22, 3:30 p.m. at Earlham

        Game 30 — Loser Game 23 vs. Loser Game 24, 6 p.m.

        Game 31 — Consolation Game, 3 p.m.

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