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Rebels stun CC in Jeff Tourney

Those who thought the 13th-annual Jeffersonville Holiday Tournament was a two-horse race, thought wrong.
Jeffersonville had little trouble disposing of Southwestern in the first game of the round-robin last night, 68-34, but the shocker came in the nightcap as South Central blindsided the evening’s host and won its first-ever game on Corydon’s home floor, 69-62.
It was just the third time in history that the Rebels defeated their South Harrison School Corp. counterpart. The last victory came two years ago in Elizabeth, when South upended Corydon by 30, 75-45. The only SC victory before that came in Elizabeth in 1984, 71-70.
Rebels coach Greg Robinson said the come-from-behind victory by his squad ranked just a tick below the sectional championship win at Springs Valley in 2002.
‘Just a little,’ Robinson said, pinching his thumb and forefinger together, with just a sliver of light showing through. ‘It’s a great win, not just because of who it was and where it was, but because of the way we played Saturday night when we lost to Springs Valley. My guys could have hung their heads and come in here and gotten beat by 20. Instead, they showed what can happen when you have everyone on the same page and every player on the floor contributing.’
South, which evened its season mark at 4-4, trailed by 10 points in the second quarter, only to tie it at the half on a flurry of threes by senior Brad Brown. He drained one at the second-quarter buzzer to knot the game at 35-all.
‘That was a huge three. A huge momentum lift,’ Robinson said.
Brown had five triples in the first half and finished with six en route to a career-high 18 points. Fellow seniors Ben Hanus scored 16 on 5-6 shooting at the line, Deavon Wiseman pitched in 10 points, Brad Mercer scored nine, Brent Wilkerson scored seven and Paul Brown had four points. The only senior who did not score was Josh McRae, who saw limited action as he came back from an ankle injury. His brother, sophomore Chad McRae, added six points off the bench, however.
Corydon rolled out to a 19-13 lead after the first period behind the arc play of senior guards Kyle and Kurt Savely, who combined for 14 points in the period.
The Panthers (3-4) pushed the advantage to 29-19 with 4:34 left in the first half.
Chad McRae jolted a 10-2 run with a jumper in the lane and Brad Brown followed with his second three of the night. Corydon’s Ryan Herndon put in two of his four points, but Brown hit a trey and Wiseman a deuce to trim the deficit to two, 31-29.
Kyle Dougherty put in his only field goal of the night for the Panthers and Brown sandwiched two more threes around a two-ball by James Yeager for the game’s first tie, 35-35, at the half.
Mercer scored a bucket inside for the Rebels first lead, and Kyle Savely had a steal and lay-in for another match. Hanus had a goal and a free throw to put South ahead, 40-37.
Kurt Savely came to the rescue for the hosts with a jumper and one from downtown to go up, 42-40. But Brad Brown countered at the other end with his sixth triple to give South a lead it held onto until the end of the game.
Wilkerson hit his only three of the night in the final minute of the third period for a 52-46 advantage at the final break.
Kurt Savely had a three and, after a goal by Wiseman, Kyle Savely had a personal five-point spurt to tie it one last time at 54-54. Mercer sank two frees to give his club its final lead of the hard-fought bout.
Hanus scored a put-back and a pair of free throws and Mercer sank five more frees as the Rebels pulled the upset.
South hit 23 of 48 from the field, including 7-17 on three-pointers.
Corydon dropped in 24 of 53 attempts from the floor and bombed 10-26 on threes, including a sizzling 6-12 in the first half.
After leading the rebounding battle at the intermission 15-12, Corydon got whipped on the glass in the second half, 22-9. The final tally had South winning the rebounding war, 34-24.
‘That’s been our ‘mo’ in the games we’ve lost ‘ we’ve been pounded on the boards,’ Corydon coach Randy Gianfagna said. ‘We still need more balance on our scoring. We’re a real easy team to guard when other players aren’t stepping up.’
Turnovers were nearly awash, with Corydon committing 14 and South 17.
The Panthers got to the line just eight times and hit four. South was 16 of 19 at the stripe, including a sweltering 11-13 in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Savely finished with 26 points and brother Kurt had 22 with six three-pointers. The rest of the Panthers combined to score just 14 points: Yeager scored five, Herndon had four, Dougherty three and Eric Haub had two.
The Jeffersonville Holiday Tournament continues Saturday at Jeffersonville High School: 11 a.m. ‘ South Central vs. Jeffersonville; 12:30 p.m. ‘ Corydon vs. Southwestern; 6:00 p.m. ‘ South Central vs. Southwestern; 7:30 ‘ Jeffersonville vs. Corydon.
Jeffersonville has won all 12 previous titles and has never lost a game in the Holiday Tournament, which is now a mark of 26-0.