By KEVIN HARRIS
Leading 52-50 with less than three minutes left in regulation, the Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team got outscored 11-3 down the stretch and lost in the Bob Wettig Tournament championship game on Saturday night at the Tiernan Center to Columbus North, 61-55. The Bull Dogs won the tournament for the second year in a row.
The Red Devils led 37-30 at halftime, but Columbus North held them to only six points in the third quarter to go up 48-43. Jeff answered with a 9-2 run to start the fourth.
Senior guard Darryl Baker led the Red Devils with 24 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free-throw line. Teammate Jacquari Chandler had 13 points and a game-high six rebounds.
Jeff began the day with a 56-46 win over Class 3A No. 7 Guerin Catholic in the semifinals. The Red Devils pulled out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter over the defending 3A state champions. Guerin Catholic outscored Jeff 12-5 in the second quarter to trail only 24-20 at halftime. The Red Devils outscored the Golden Eagles 32-26 in the second half.
Baker tallied 21 points and grabbed a game-high seven boards. He was 7-of-9 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the stripe.
Jeff junior guard Drew Ellis posted 17 points, nailing four 3-pointers. Baker and Ellis each made the all-tournament team, while Columbus North’s Evan Henry earned tournament MVP honors.
NEXT: Jeff (8-2) hosts New Albany, Friday.
• Rock Creek knocks off Highlanders in consolation bracket: Rock Creek Community Academy pulled out to an 11-0 lead to start the game and held on to defeat Floyd Central on Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Bob Wettig Tournament, 54-49.
Trailing 43-32 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Highlanders pulled to within three points at 52-49 with less than a minute left in regulation. But Lions’ sophomore Gedeon Nzombi sealed the win by knocking down a pair of free throws.
Sophomore guard Will Brown led Rock Creek with a game-high 25 points, shooting 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Nzombi grabbed 14 rebounds and teammate Joe Logsden dished out six assists.
“It’s a huge win,” Lions’ coach Chris Brown said. “It’s nice to play a complete game and execute a good game plan. It was good to see Will come out strong today. It’s a great tournament. We’re going back to it next year. It was good exposure for these kids and an awesome experience.”
Colton Kimm was Floyd Central’s leading scorer with 12 points. Senior guard Drew Hussung chipped in 10.
NEXT: Rock Creek (5-7) hosts South Central, next Saturday; Floyd Central (2-8) at Corydon, Friday.
• Miles’ game-winning 3 lifts New Wash: Sophomore Logan Miles nailed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to give New Washington a 52-49 victory over Southwestern in the fifth-place game of the Union County Tournament on Saturday.
With five seconds remaining in regulation, Mustang senior Adan Diaz broke the Rebels’ full-court pressure and dished an assist to Miles for the game-winner.
New Washington trailed 49-45 with 51 seconds left. But after a James Clemons steal, Mustang senior Wesley Napier converted the Southwestern turnover into a layup. Then Napier made a steal of his own and converted it into a bucket to tie the score at 49.
Ian Hughes was the only New Washington player to score in double figures with 17 points. Miles had nine points, making three 3-pointers.
It was the Mustangs’ second victory this season over the Rebels, as New Washington earned another big win in the 2012-13 campaign.
“We have seven seniors on this team and they’ve been big for us,” Mustangs’ coach Jonathan May said. “[Tim] Cochran and Hughes carried us in the first half. They had three big games [in the tournament]. We have some guys who are very unselfish — they don’t care who scores.”
NEXT: New Washington (5-4) at Borden, Friday.
• FC’s Kennedy captures Mater Dei Classic title: Floyd Central senior Terrence Kennedy won the 113-pound championship at the ultra-competitive Mater Dei Holiday Classic in Evansville on Saturday. It was Kennedy’s second Mater Dei Classic title in his career, becoming only the second Highlander wrestler to ever accomplish that feat.
Floyd Central wound up seventh in the team standings. The Highlanders’ George Emily and Nick Ottersbach each placed third in their respective weight classes, while teammate Tre Marler finished fourth.
Also for Floyd Central, Chris Whitley, Ian Bagwell, John Meldrum and Brennan Banet each placed fifth and Cory Troutman was sixth.
“We placed one more person than last year and actually got a lower place [in the team standings],” Highlanders’ coach Brandon Sisson said. “The tourney was the toughest it has been in years.”
NEXT: Floyd Central at Charlestown, Friday.
• Bulldogs end up third at North Central Tourney: Senior guard Tanner Marcum and sophomore forward Brianne Nixon each recorded a double-double as New Albany defeated Warren Central in the consolation game of the Indianapolis North Central Tournament on Saturday, 53-44.
Marcum had a game-high 21 points and 10 assists, while Nixon registered 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marcum needs 15 points against Madison on Thursday to reach the 1,000-point mark in her high school career. Teammate Claire Hirsch scored eight points.
The Bulldogs led 16-2 after the first quarter and 25-8 at halftime en route to securing third place in the tourney.
“We just played really well,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said. “We did a better job of taking care of the basketball.”
NEXT: New Albany (5-6) at Madison, Thursday.
• Jeff-New Wash girls, Munk Invite called off: Because of Friday’s snowstorm, there were a couple of postponements on the area high school basketball schedule on Saturday.
The Jeffersonville at New Washington girls’ basketball game was postponed along with the McKee Munk boys’ basketball invitational at Henryville. The scheduled semifinal games for the Munk Invite were Christian Academy versus Crothersville and the host Hornets versus Oldenburg Academy.
No make-up dates have been set for the Jeff-New Wash girls’ contest and the Munk Invite.