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Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:50 pm

High Schools

East Noble boys claim share of NE8 title

JOURNAL GAZETTE

East Noble extended its current win streak to seven, defeating Bellmont, 67-49, Thursday in Decatur. The Knights (16-1, 6-0 Northeast 8) assured themselves at least a share of the NE8 championship with the victory.

East Noble, which led 18-2 after one quarter, has amassed 16 wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season, the last year the Knights won a conference title (the defunct Northeast Hoosier Conference).

Bellmont fell to 5-16, 0-6 in NE8 play.

Homestead 81, Canterbury 49

At Homestead, the SAC-leading Spartans had little trouble with their neighbors to the East. Homestead (10-6) nearly matched the Cavaliers’ total game output in the second half, scoring 44 in the final two quarters. Canterbury (5-11) saw its two-game win streak snapped.

Concordia 39, Angola 34

At Angola, the Cadets scored enough against the state’s top defensive unit to claim the matchup of Sectional 22 foes.

Concordia (5-12) used a 12-2 third-quarter edge to pull away. The Hornets stand at 11-6 on the season.

Blackhawk Christian 77, South Side 44

At Blackhawk, the Class 1A No. 2 Braves topped the 20-point barrier in the third and fourth quarters, improving to 16-2 overall and 5-2 against SAC competition.

Jalan Mull led Blackhawk with 18 points, while freshman Caleb Furst added 16, Frankie Davidson netted 15 and Drake Thompson scored 12.

Asher Blum’s 14 points proved tops for the Archers (9-7).

Norwell 58, Columbia City 47

At Ossian, the Knights led 28-26 at intermission before outscoring the Eagles 30-21 in the second half.

Norwell (10-8 overall) evened its NE8 record at 3-3 with one league game left. Columbia City (8-11, 2-4) stands just 1-4 in its last five.

Leo 59, DeKalb 47

At Leo, the Lions opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 13-point lead.

Lane Reed led Leo (11-5, 3-2) with 16 points, while DeKalb (7-9, 2-4) got 13 points from Dalton Smith.

Eastbrook 70, Bluffton 64

At Marion, a 28-point third quarter for the Panthers proved too much for the Tigers to overcome.

Johnathan Irwin’s 15 points led the way for Bluffton (6-11).

Jay County 46, Southern Wells 37

At Portland, the Patriots forged a tie atop the ACAC standings. Now 4-0 in league play, Jay County (11-6 overall) led the Raiders just 27-25 after three quarters before pulling away.

Southern Wells fell to 4-12, 1-4 in conference play.

Woodlan 65, South Adams 44

At Woodburn, the Warriors remained a game back of ACAC unbeatens Heritage and Jay County. Aaron Hahn’s 19 points led four in double figures for Woodlan (7-8, 3-1), with Ben Reidy adding 13 and Micah Robbins finishing with 11.

Lars in’t Groen paced the Starfires (4-11, 1-4) with 15.

Adams Central 74, Fremont 40

At Monroe, a 21-5 fourth quarter advantage helped the Flying Jets soar past the Eagles. Adams Central (8-8) won for the fifth time in six games, while Fremont (4-13) has lost seven in a row.

Westview 68, West Noble 45

At Topeka, the Warriors kept it even offensively with 34 points in both halves to maintain their half-game lead atop the NECC.

Westview (18-1, 8-1) has won three straight since its lone loss of the year, an overtime defeat at rival Fairfield. West Noble (8-7, 3-5) has lost six of eight.

Fairfield 53, Garrett 32

At Garrett, Luke Stephens reached 1,000 career points for the Falcons.

Cordell Hofer scored a game-high 15 points off the bench for Fairfield (13-4, 7-1 NECC), while Micah Malcolm was the lone double-digit point man for Garrett (3-15, 2-6), finishing with 11.

Churubusco 60, Lakeland 57

At Churubusco, the Eagles emerged victorious in a tight contest. The Lakers led 29-27 at halftime and 48-46 after three quarters.

Zane Burke and Brayton Bonar each scored 16 points for Churubusco (6-10, 3-4 NECC), while Jackson Paul added 13 points and five assists.

Lakeland (11-7, 6-2) now has one more conference loss than league leaders Westview and Fairfield.

Eastside 61, Hamilton 36

At Hamilton, the Blazers’ 14-2 run over the final 2:37 of the third quarter helped the visitors pull away.

Eastside moved back over .500 on the season, improving to 9-8, 4-4 in NECC play. The Marines, now 1-16 overall, remains winless in conference action (0-8).

Central Noble 66, Prairie Heights 50

At Albion, the Cougars used 12 threes to claim the matchup of conference and Sectional 35 opponents. Ridley Zolman sank six triples in a 26-point effort to lead Central Noble (8-8. 5-3 NECC).

Prairie Heights (3-5, 5-11) has lost six of eight.

Elkhart Memorial 63, Warsaw 50

At Elkhart, the Crimson Chargers pulled into a four-way tie atop the Northern Lakes Conference race thanks to a school-record nine threes from junior Hank Smith.

The Tigers (10-8, 4-2), who were led by Brian Elliott’s 24 points – all on three-pointers – could have clinched a share of the NLC title with a victory. Warsaw, Plymouth, Northridge and Memorial all hold a 4-2 league mark with a game left.

Northridge 47, Wawasee 37

At Middlebury, the Raiders kept themselves alive in the NLC race with a victory over the visiting Warriors.

Trevon Coleman led Wawasee (4-13, 1-5) with 18 points.

Whitko 103, North Miami 44

At South Whitley, the Wildcats topped the century mark for the first time since the 1989-90 season, keeping the Warriors winless in TRC play.

River West drained eight threes en route to a 33-point night for Whitko (8-12, 5-3), adding eight rebounds and four steals. Micah Cokl added 19 for the Wildcats, including six triples, while Brett Sickafoose and Brian Collins added 19 and 17, respectively.

North Miami (3-12, 0-7) lost for the ninth time in its last 11 games.

Lakewood Park 68, Lakeland Christian 56

At Winona Lake, the Panthers snapped a five-game slide, improving to 4-11, getting 26 points from Carter Gonzalez and 21 from Isaac Schlotterback.

Josh McDaniel scored 24 points to lead the Cougars (7-11), with Jake Harmon adding 18. Landon Twombly finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.