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Eagles ice down South, 66-53

Eagles ice down South, 66-53
Eagles ice down South, 66-53
South Central senior Deavon Wiseman, right, got a little help from a big friend, Ben Hanus (40), as the forward got a two-for-one deal on a screen against a pair Evansville Day defenders in the first half of Saturday's game. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

The icy weather Saturday was nothing compared to the frigid shooting displayed by South Central in a matchup at undefeated Evansville Day that afternoon.
The Rebels (2-3) managed just 40 percent from the field, 21 percent from behind the arc, and 48 percent at the charity stripe in a disappointing 66-53 loss.
It was Evansville Day’s first-ever win over South since the two schools started play in 2000, and first game against a Hoosier opponent this season.
‘We didn’t shoot the ball very well at all,’ Rebel coach Greg Robinson said. ‘We relied too much on the jump shot, we didn’t take the ball to the basket, we weren’t reversing the basketball. There were a lot of things that we didn’t do that we need to do to win a game. I think everyone took it upon themselves to try and help us, and they didn’t rely on each other. It’s not selfish, but they just need to understand that what makes us good is a balanced group of kids.’
The lead teetered back and fourth through the first period, with Deavon Wiseman scoring a put-back at the buzzer for a 12-11 South lead.
South sophomore Chad McRae had two of his team-high 13 points to start the second period and Day’s main gun, junior Justin Hawkins, answered at the other end. The Eagles sandwiched a three by Logan Eberly and a deuce by David Oliver to swap leads again.
Brad Mercer had a steal and lay-in for the Rebels, but the hosts would slowly pull out to a 31-24 lead on several free throws by Hawkins and a basket by John Oberg.
South’s Brad Brown bombed a fadeaway three at the halftime buzzer to trim his team’s deficit to 31-27.
The two teams traded points to start the second half, but a flurry of points by Mercer, Wiseman and Ben Hanus helped knot the game at 35-all.
The Eagles closed the third period on a 10-0 run with a three by Oberg and seven points from Hawkins to set the pace at 45-35. South got no closer than nine points after that.
‘I think Evansville Day played some tough defense and got after us. We just didn’t handle that for a while. By the time we started to handle it, it was too late,’ Robinson said. ‘They did a good job on the perimeter and then doubled from behind on Ben.
‘What we needed to do there was get a ball reversal. Then you have an isolation and a drive because there’s no one over there. When you have your entire offense on one side of the floor, it makes a defense like they play really easy to execute.’
South’s nippy 18 of 45 effort from the field against Evansville Day was in sharp contrast to the 35 of 57 mark of Friday night’s 79-39 rout over Borden.
The Rebels struggled from the foul stripe in the loss at a paltry 12 of 25. Day shot 21 of 32 from the line and hit 20 of 43 on field goals.
After McRae’s output, Hanus finished with 11 points, Mercer had 10, and Wiseman nine. Brown scored five points, Brent Wilkerson had a three-ball for his only offense, and Paul Brown had an early put-back to round out the scoring.
Day was paced by the 17-point performance by Oberg and 16 from Hawkins. David Oliver came off the bench for 11 points for the Eagles (6-0).
The Rebels were coming off a strong Southern Athletic Conference victory over Borden on Friday night.
The hosts shot 35 of 57 (61 percent) from the floor, outrebounded the Braves (1-4, 0-3 S.A.C.) by a 23-14 margin and forced 10 more turnovers than they gave up in an easy 79-39 triumph.
South hasn’t lost a S.A.C. game in five years.
Wiseman put in a team-high 16 points on 7-8 shooting, McRae, Hanus and Mercer each had 12 points and Brad Brown scored nine. Brent Wilkerson added seven points and Paul Brown had 10 boards. Derek Kaiser scored six as well.
South opened the game with a 25-14 lead after the first period, and blew the contest open in the second by outscoring the visitors, 18-4.
Borden was led by Nate Norris’ nine points.
South returns home this weekend in a Friday night tilt against Christian Academy of Indiana (1-3) and Saturday game against Springs Valley (2-2). Both contests are set for a 6 p.m. junior varsity start.