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SC races past Tigers with second-period blitz

SC races past Tigers with second-period blitz
SC races past Tigers with second-period blitz
While he converted four triples on the night, South Central's Brad Holmes (14) scored in other ways, too, like on this drive past Bobby Isenhower of Crothersville in the third quarter of Friday night's Southern Athletic Conference game in Elizabeth. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

After starting the season 4-1, Crothersville’s boys basketball team has fallen on hard times, dropping seven of their last eight games.
One of the latest setbacks came Friday night in Elizabeth as host South Central ran its way past the hapless Tigers, 78-43.
The Rebels, who improved to 9-5 with the Southern Athletic Conference victory, trailed 7-2 in the early going, but raced back by outscoring the visitors, 20-8, over the final 6:39 of the opening period.
South effectively put the game away in the second stanza, hitting nine of its 11 shot attempts and opening the quarter with a 13-0 run en route to a 42-22 halftime lead.
‘Crothersville started quick and hit their first three or four shots of the game, then we came right back at them. I don’t think they were expecting us to be as fast as we were. Once we got the ball up the floor, we were scoring from just about everywhere and I think we overwhelmed them,’ South coach Rob Murawski said. ‘We wanted to hold them under 50 points and we did that. We wanted to make sure (Steven) Wilp and (Taylor) Davis didn’t hurt us, and we kept them from doing that. I think this is probably the best win we’ve had this season in terms of what we got done.’
Ten of the 11 Rebels who saw court time scored in the affair, led by the 18 points and four threes by senior guard Brad Holmes, Cody Jobe’s 15 points, and James Crosier’s 12 points.
The first period resembled a track meet, with the two teams racing back and forth on the hardwood and combining to put up 32 shots. South’s shooting percentage was slightly better, resulting in a 22-15 lead at the end of the quarter.
From there, South Central (9-5, 2-1 SAC) nearly put the game out of reach by rattling off a 13-0 run on points by Jobe, Holmes, Randall Hertle, James Crosier and Cody Simpson. Thanks to the Rebels’ stingy defense, the visitors weren’t able to log their first field goal of the second period until the 3:05 mark on a bucket by Bobby Isenhower.
The hosts maintained their 20-point lead into the halftime break.
If there was a blemish on the night, it came in the third quarter, when the host team couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.
South Central had just one field goal ‘ a three-ball by Holmes with 2:12 left ‘ while Crothersville’s Chris Campbell had the hot hand for his club by scoring all nine of the team’s points to bring his club to within 13 at one point in the period. By the final break, South built the advantage back up to 17, 48-31.
‘We were just flat. I think part of it was because we were up by so much at halftime and we let off of them. Mentally, I think the guys thought the game was over,’ Murawski said. ‘The other part of it was that we just weren’t hitting anything. We were settling for the three and not taking high percentage shots.’
The Rebels regained their composure in the final frame, racking up 30 points while using mostly their second unit players.
‘We were able to get a lot of guys some playing tonight, which is always good for your program,’ Murawski said. ‘We had a lot of assists, too. It was a good win for us.’
Filling out the scoring line for the Rebels were Travis Higdon with eight points, Miles Nachand and Jacob Hentrup with six apiece, Hertle had five, Dustin Hornickel scored four points while grabbing a slew of rebounds, and Simpson and Clinton Keys each added two points.
South, which won its third outing in a row, shot 32 of 51 (63 percent) for the game and drained six of 14 (43 percent) from 3-point land. While the Rebels have struggled on their foul shooting for most of the season, they were on the mark in Friday’s tilt, sinking eight of 10 tries. South thrashed Crothersville on the boards, 43-26, but committed two more turnovers, 19-17.
The Tigers (5-8, 0-3), who were led by the 23 points of Campbell, hit just 16 of 60 (27 percent) from the floor. Crothersville hit nine of 16 frees, and went two of 18 on threes.
The Rebels were coming off a 69-53 victory at Trinity Lutheran on Jan. 13.
In that one, of the six players that scored for South, five were in double figures.
Jobe scored 17, Holmes had 14, Hornickel put in 12, Higdon had 11 and Hertle added 10. Crosier scored five in the winning effort.
South Central led 11-10 at the first break, 32-21 at halftime, and 48-36 at the end of three.
The Cougars (4-9) got 14 points from Otte and 13 from Pinnow.
South Central stays in conference play Friday night as it hosts a dangerous Henryville squad, which is mired in a three game slide. The Hornets opened the season at 7-3 before dropping matchups to New Washington, Providence and Borden.
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