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Rebels add two more wins to the slate

A win is a win is a win, and for the first time in three years, South Central’s boys basketball team can boast of a 5-1 record.
Pessimists may point out that of the five victories, four of the teams have a combined record of 0-25. The optimists, including South’s first-year coach, Rob Murawski, say style points don’t matter as long as the squad continues to string together victories and builds on each day’s practice.
‘Our focus is on getting better. We can’t control what other teams are doing in their other games. We just want to do more work to improve in all areas,’ Murawski said, after his club’s 65-52 win over winless Christian Academy of Indiana on Friday. ‘Tonight we shot 52 percent from the free throw line. That’s a lot better than what we had been doing, but it also shows that it’s an area where we can still improve.’
South Central’s play in Friday’s matchup against CAI was peppered with flashes of good and bad.
On the plus side, eight players scored for the Rebels who, despite being outsized across the board, held their own in rebounding against Christian Academy.
As for the negative, hitting one out of two free throws (consistently) will eventually catch up to the club, as will playing to another squad’s pace.
‘Tonight I wanted to see us control the tempo and at times we did. But at other times we got lazy as a team,’ Murawski said.
The Warriors trailed South by a 19-13 margin at the end of one, with the hosts extending the lead to 35-27 at halftime. The first points of the second half were on a triple by Brad Holmes of South Central, and from there, the team never looked back.
Travis Higdon led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Dustin Hornickel and Cody Jobe with 11 apiece. Brad Holmes added seven, while Randall Hertle came through with eight points.
South was 24 of 50 from the field and hit four of 10 threes. The Rebels were out-rebounded by a 37-34 margin, but countered that by forcing 27 turnovers.
Christian Academy, which went 20 of 49 from the field, was led by the 14 points of Nathan Beckley and 13 by David Bruton.
The following night, South outscored Springs Valley by nine in the first half and held on for a 77-71 victory.
Jobe tallied 25 points and Holmes had 22 for the winners.
Murawski said his team’s focus in the tilt against the Blackhawks was going to be on brothers Devon and Derek Harrell. Devon wound up matching Jobe’s effort with 25 points, while Derek Harrell put up 11 in the loss.
The Rebels return to action on Friday night as they host their own Holiday Tournament.
South Central faces its arch rival, No. 4-ranked (Class 1A) Lanesville, at 6 p.m., followed by a bout between Austin and No. 9-ranked Shawe Memorial.
Action continues Saturday with the following schedule: Shawe vs. Lanesville 10 a.m.; Austin vs. South Central noon; Shawe vs. South Central 6 p.m.; Lanesville vs. Austin 8 p.m.
— South fell to Clarksville (4-3) last night, 77-64.
The Rebels (5-3) dug themselves a 13-point hole by halftime, then cut it to six by the end of the third period before falling short in the end.
Jobe led South Central with 25 points. The Rebels also got 12 points from Higdon, and eight points from James Crosier.
Elijah Johnson scored 22 points for the winners.

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