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March 10, 2014

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Revisiting Dragons’ unforgettable run

Hibbard comes through for New Albany



Defending state champion Borden’s run in the Class A tournament ended in the first round after a 67-48 loss to Rock Creek Academy.

It was, of course, a bitter way for the Braves’ season to end. Looking at Borden’s season objectively, however, it’s extraordinary what it accomplished.

After losing four starters from last year’s state championship team, the undersized Braves went 16-5 and had four winning streaks of at least four games.

After Friday’s loss, Borden coach Doc Nash wasn’t ready to look at the upside of the 2014 season quite yet.

“Some may say we overachieved,” he said. “Our expectations are to [win sectionals]. I think if you ask those kids, they’d tell you the same thing.”

— G.M.



Coleman had a game-high 16 poin
ts in the Generals’ 68-55 first-round win over Crawford County, another 20 points in Friday’s 67-45 semifinal victory over Eastern and had 11 points and six rebounds in Saturday’s 41-32 championship game win over rival Providence.


• Leondre McBirth, New Albany: McBirth went 8 for 16 from the field, 7 of 9 from the line and made five of his nine 3-point shots as the Bulldogs beat Jennings County 55-49 to wrap up the Class 4A Seymour Sectional title.

• Tanner Wesp, Charlestown: Wesp went 11 of 13 at the free throw line and scored 13 points in the Pirates’ 53-51 comeback win over Salem in the opening round of the North Harrison Sectional.

• Gedeon Nzombi, Rock Creek: Nzombi had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Lions knocked off defending state champion Borden 67-48 in Friday’s Class A semifinals.

• Aaron Eldridge, Christian Academy: Eldridge scored 25 points to help the Warriors to a 61-46 first-round win over New Washington at Borden.

• Dustin Cochran, New Albany: Cochran scored 13 points and made several key buckets as the Bulldogs downed Bedford North Lawrence 61-51 in Friday’s semifinal win over Bedford.

• Marquise Parrish, Clarksville: Parrish had 16 points and a game-high three steals in the Generals’ 68-55 win over Crawford County at Paoli.

• Gabe Bauer, Silver Creek: Bauer scored all 15 of his points in the second half to help the Dragons beat Madison 55-51 in the opening round at North Harrison.

• Grant Goad, Providence: Goad had a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday’s 53-43 first-round win over host Paoli.

• Tyrise Major, Jeffersonville: Major had 15 points and three steals and keyed a comeback that fell short, 85-75 in overtime to Jennings County.

• D.J. Coleman, Clarksville: Coleman had a game-high 20 points in the Generals’

• Myles Ervin, Floyd Central: Ervin had a game-high 17 points in the Highlanders’ 57-43 first-round loss to rival New Albany at Seymour.

• Nick Hayes, Providence: Hayes led the Pioneers with 16 points in Friday’s 58-40 semifinal win over Henryville.

• Nick Tinsley, Silver Creek: Back at North Harrison, Tinsley scored 23 points as the Dragons stunned Corydon Central 74-51.

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