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Robinson’s quintet takes crazy ride

Robinson’s quintet takes crazy ride
Robinson’s quintet takes crazy ride
South Central junior Chad McRae (3) works inside against Chandler Calfee (40) and Wes Fleming of Christian Academy of Indiana in Friday night's varsity contest in New Albany. McRae pumped in 27 points as the Rebels scratched out a 10-point victory. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

The roller coaster ride that is the South Central’s boys basketball team had another topsy-turvy weekend.
On Friday at Christian Academy of Indiana, the Rebels held a 19-point lead at the half, only to have the Warriors outscore them 16-3 to make it a six point game, 48-42. The margin was cut to four in the final two minutes, but South was able to do something it hadn’t done all night ‘ hit free throws ‘ to put the contest away, 67-57.
Then, on Saturday at French Lick, South (3-3) nearly outlasted Springs Valley and the 33 points put up by Jordan Parsons.
Trailing by four points late, the 6-5 Parsons banked home a three-pointer that broke the will of the Rebels. The Blackhawks went on to snap South’s three-game win streak, 73-64.
In Friday’s victory, the Rebels roared to a 45-26 lead at the intermission, but nine turnovers and a frigid 1-13 mark from the field let Christian Academy storm back to 48-42 by the end of the third quarter.
A three by Chad McRae, who paced all scorers with 27 points, with 2:55 remaining in the period was all that separated South from absolute futility in the quarter.
‘We didn’t use our heads. The ball was not going in the basket in the third quarter, and we let that affect every other aspect of the game,’ said South coach Greg Robinson. ‘We needed to suck it up and take the challenge, and we just didn’t do a good job of that.’
Kyle Stettenbenz kicked off the fourth quarter with a deuce to trim the margin to 48-44.
McRae countered with an old-fashioned three-point play. A few seconds later, following a McRae miss on the front end of a one-and-one, Dustin Hornickel made a diving save to keep the ball from going out of bounds. Hornickel zinged a pass to Jimmy Jamison, who bombed a three for a 10-point lead, 54-44.
‘That was a big play,’ Robinson said. ‘(Hornickel) has been doing a real good job of going and getting the ball lately, and on that play he stayed with it and found someone who was open.
‘We never really felt like the game was over until the buzzer sounded, but that play probably had as much to do with the win as anything. It was a huge shot.’
Tyler Alexander, the Warriors’ silky smooth freshman, came back with four unanswered points to kick off a back-and-forth flurry of baskets by both clubs.
McRae had a put-back to set the contest at 56-51 with 2:56 showing. The rest of regulation was a free throw match, with South coming out with two apiece from Jamison, Derek Kaiser and James Crosier to put the game away.
Overall, South was 19 of 34 (56 percent) at the line, but was perfect, 6 for 6, in the final 1:05.
‘For us, anything close to 50 percent is an improvement over what we’d been shooting from the line,’ Robinson said.
Kaiser finished with 13 points, Kyle Cook scored eight, and Hornickle had six.
South finished the night shooting 21 of 50 from the field and 6-15 on triples. The team out-rebounded the Warriors, 33-23.
Christian Academy, paced by Alexander’s 20 points, was 23 of 40 from the floor, including 5 for 9 in the third period.
The Warriors struggled mightily from the charity stripe, draining only 14 of 31 attempts.
The following night in the ‘House that Bird Built,’ the Rebels edged Valley by one at the end of the first period, 14-13, then hustled the lead to 38-32 by halftime.
The Blackhawks (2-4) pressed and switched to a 2-3 zone in the third period and, South’s offense suddenly went south.
‘We didn’t recognize the press quick enough to get into a press-break offense,’ Robinson said.
The end result was Valley taking a two-point lead into the final eight minutes of action and eventually scoring the win.
The Rebels had two chances late to pull within a possession, but missed a pair of open lay-ups.
McRae, who received a late technical foul against Christian Academy and was forced to sit out the first quarter against Valley, came back for 23 points to pace the Rebels. Kaiser finished with 11 points on 6-7 shooting at the charity stripe. Hornickle scored 10 while also grabbing six first-half rebounds, and Cook wound up with seven points.
McRae will also sit out a quarter against Holy Cross.
South Central shot 22 of 37 at the stripe against Valley, which hit 21 of 33 frees throws.
The first annual South Central Holiday Tournament kicks off on Dec. 30 in Elizabeth.
The lineup is as follows: Dec. 28 ‘ 6 p.m. Lanesville vs. Holy Cross; 7:30 South Central vs. Shawe. Dec. 30 ‘ 10 a.m. Lanesville vs. Shawe; 11:30 South Central vs. Holy Cross; 6:30 Shawe vs. Holy Cross; 8 p.m. South Central vs. Lanesville.
A season pass can be purchased on the first night (Tuesday) only and the cost is $10. Otherwise all sessions are $4 for each ticket.