FORT WAYNE – The Indiana boys defeated Ohio in record-setting fashion Saturday in the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic at Saint Francis.
Indiana’s 125-108 win set the mark for most points in a boys game and was Indiana’s fourth straight win in the series.
The previous record was 122 points, set by the 1995 Indiana team.
The fourth straight win matches the 1994-97 Indiana teams and the 2006-09 Ohio teams for the longest streaks in the boys’ history.
Northrop senior twins Bryson (22 points) and Brenton Scott (19 points) were named co-MVPs.
We were talking in the locker room about how we wanted to set the record and put our names in the record books, Brenton Scott said. It was important for us to set the record, and I am glad we did it.
North Side’s Dwight Richards had 21 points, Columbia City’s Drew Benedict 15, Homestead’s Nick Gamble 13 and Columbia City’s Daniel Woll 10 for Indiana.
I enjoyed playing with every single one of these guys, and it was good competing against Ohio; they have some pretty good players, Bryson Scott said. We just had good team chemistry, and we clicked.
It was also the highest-combined scoring game in the series’ 21 years, with the 232 points beating the 1995 game total of 227 (Indiana 122, Ohio 105).
You could see we had the individual talent and skill but it was a matter of coming together, said Indiana coach Randy Hawkins, also the coach at Norwell.
Bryson, a Purdue recruit, and Brenton, who is headed to Indiana State, each had two steals, while Bryson added three assists.
They can really create for you, and they do a lot of great things on both ends of the floor, Hawkins said of the Scott twins. That’s a great place to start using those two guys.
Ohio had the height advantage with a pair of 6-foot-10 players but Indiana offset that with an array of speed, quickness and shooting.
Indiana made 38 of 91 (42 percent) from the field, had 14 assists and nine steals and outrebounded Ohio 63-50 with Richards getting 11 rebounds.
Indiana made 37 of 50 free throws and 12 of 33 three-pointers.
When you have (the height of Ohio) you have to adjust a little bit, Hawkins said.
For Ohio, Wapakoneta Alex Greve led seven players in double figures with 20 points.
Also for Ohio, Maumee’s Dominque King had 15 points, Delphos’ Wade Gelhaus 14, Vanlue’s Zach Garber 13, Maumee Valley’s Dave Brown and Toledo St. John’s Austin Gardner 11 each and Anthony Wayne’s Mark Donnal 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The lead reached 23 points, 96-73, before Ohio closed to within six points, 116-110, late in the game.
Indiana jumped out to an 18-2 run at the start of the game and eventually led 60-44 at halftime.
We wanted to get out and run because that’s our game, Brenton Scott said. It fit our type of playing style, and we had to set the tone and bring our energy.
Note: Donnal won the slam dunk contest, while the three-point winners were Benedict and Ohio’s Miranda Palmer.