GRACE 92, GOSHEN 78
Grace’s men’s basketball team kicked off the Crossroads League season in style with a win over Goshen on Tuesday.
The Lancers (5-3, 1-0 CL) had five players score in double figures and shot 56 percent from the floor in an efficient performance.
Matt Jennings was sensational with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to pace Grace’s attack.
The Lancers led from start to finish in a consistent showing. Matt Jennings started the game by scoring seven unanswered points, forcing an early timeout from Goshen.
Grace continued its momentum and went ahead 14-0 after six minutes of action.
The Maple Leafs (3-7, 0-1 CL) finally scored 6:08 into the game, but Grace’s surge continued. The Lancers pulled ahead 29-11 midway into the first half.
The Maple Leafs managed to whittle away at Grace’s cushion, slicing the deficit down to seven.
But the Lancers had another run late in the half; Grace went on a quick 10-0 spurt thanks to six points from Haden Deaton.
Goshen beat the buzzer with an and-1 as the clock expired, but Grace still led 49-35 at halftime. The Lancers shot 66 percent from the floor, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Jennings (14 points) and Deaton (13 points) led the way for Grace before halftime.
Goshen made a few challenges at Grace’s lead, but each time the Lancers found an answer.
In the opening minutes of the half, the Maple Leafs pulled within eight. But a pair of freshmen sparked the Lancers. Myles Johnson and Caleb Brown combined for eight points during a 10-2 run.
But Goshen refused to go down easy. With 2:40 left in the contest, Grace’s lead had dwindled down to 80-74.
The Lancers responded at the free throw line. Grace initially struggled at the charity stripe, combining to shoot 5-of-11 to start the game.
But over the final 2:24, Grace was perfect. The Lancers drilled 12 straight free throws down the stretch to ice the win. Jennings made six of those foul shots, and Charlie Warner made four more.
Deaton and Warner each finished the game with 17 points, and Deaton grabbed six rebounds.
Johnson ripped off 13 points in 13 minutes; the freshman shot 5-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
Jaret Sons had 12 points, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 3 steals, Braxton Linville added seven assists and six boards, and Brown added five points off the bench.
The Lancers’ next league game is Dec. 3 at Taylor.
CASTON 59, LAKELAND CHRISTAN ACADEMY 45
LCA’s boys lost their season-opener with visiting Caston Tuesday night.
The Cougars were already down 11-1 just a few minutes into the game and couldn’t come all the way back.
Seth Martin poured in 31 points for LCA, but the hosts got few meaningful offensive contributions after that. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Landon Paris scored six points with two assists. Matthew Helton also passed out two assists, and Silas Gagnon scored five.
Eight players landed in the scoring column for the Comets, led by Mike Rans’ 12 points and 10 points from Hunter Schanlaub.
Caston opens at 1-0. Lakeland looks for its first win at Bethany Christian next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
INDIAN SPRINGS 6TH GRADE ‘A’ 30, WAWASEE 6TH GRADE ‘A’ 29
INDIAN SPRINGS 6TH GRADE ‘B’ 28, WAWASEE 6TH GRADE ‘B’ 14
Wawasee sixth grade boys ‘A’ team lost a heartbreaker to Indian Springs, playing extremely hard but coming up short.
Wawasee’s ‘B’ team was unfortunately on the losing end of its game as well, 28-14. The Warriors did show heart and a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 6TH GRADE BOYS 33, WITHKO 18
Gage Overbey paced Valley with eight points and Dallas Martin added six points in the win.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 7TH GRADE BOYS 41, WHITKO 28
Dallas Miller led the Vikings with 12 points and Blain Sheetz followed with 11 points and five rebounds.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 8TH GRADE BOYS 28, WHITKO 26
Kyler Johnson had a double-double for the Vikings with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trent Marshall chipped in eight points.