NORTHWOOD 41, JIMTOWN 35 OT
NorthWood edged Jimtown in overtime for its fourth straight victory at home in the Pit Tuesday night.
The Panthers scuffled to an 0-for-11 mark from three-point range and made just 11-of-35 shots from two-point range in the low-scoring affair. Trent Edwards scored a game-high 15 points with nine rebounds and three steals. Jason Borkholder scored 10 points with eight rebounds for the Panthers, meanwhile.
Preston Phillips scored 11 points with four steals and five deflections, and Bill Rawlak finished with 10 points for Jimtown, which dropped to 4-1 with its first loss of the season.
NorthWood improves to 6-1 and will play host to Plymouth in a Northern Lakes Conference-opener Friday at 7:45 p.m.
TRITON 74, BETHANY CHRISTIAN 42
The Trojans put up their highest points total of the season and led from wire to wire in a win over the visiting Bruins Tuesday night.
The Trojans scored 42 points in the paint and had four players in double figures. They also knocked down 6-of-17 three-pointers on the way to the win.
Tyler Heckaman put up a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds to lead Triton, while Ashton Oviedo scored 16, and both Jared Bules and Tyson Yates chipped in 10 for the Trojans, who grabbed a 20-5 lead in the first period and never looked back. Yates also passed out three assists with a pair of steals, while Oviedo and Bules each finished with three steals for the home team, which scored 31 points off 24 Bethany turnovers and tallied just seven team turnovers of its own.
Jack VonGunten scored 17 points with seven rebounds, and Mason Closson and Beck Willems finished with eight points apiece for the Bruins.
Triton’s JV also prevailed, 40-36 in Tuesday’s opener.
Connor Large scored 13 points, Cole McKinney scored eight, and Lucas Cabrera hauled in 11 rebounds for the Trojan JV, which won the battle of the boards, 27-9. Jachin Camoriano scored 13 for the Bethany JV.
Triton’s varsity moves to an even 3-3 and will travel to Winamac for a Hoosier North Athletic Conference game Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
NORTH MIAMI 47, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 27
The Cougars suffered their third straight setback with a loss against visiting North Miami Tuesday night.
A 22-6 second quarter by the Warriors put them in the driver’s seat, 24-12 at the half, and they never looked back.
Silas Gagnon scored a career-high 11 points with four rebounds to lead LCA. Peter Koller scored six with five rebounds and a career-high four assists, and Landon Paris also chipped in six points. Brayden Lane scored four for the Cougars, who slip to 2-5.
North Miami was paced by Braxton Beall’s 11 points and 10 apiece from Tristan Working and Greg Sonafrank.
LCA’s JV also lost, 54-32. Josiah Miller scored 13 for the JV Cougars.
LCA’s varsity will open the Bethany Christian Tournament Dec. 21 opposite Elkhart Christian at 11:30 a.m.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 47, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 27
LCA Middle School suffered just its second loss of the season with a defeat at Bethany Christian Tuesday.
Isaiah Lara scored 11 points, while Micah Martin put up nine, and Mel Norris scored seven for the Cougars.
LCA dips to 10-2 and will face Argos in its last regular-season game Thursday.
LAKEVIEW 8TH GRADE 52, BREMEN 16
Lakeview’s eighth grade earned a lopsided win over Bremen Tuesday night.
Jayvone Williams scored 15 points to lead Lakeview offensively. Quentin Maas scored nine points with six rebounds and five steals in an all-around game, while Andrew Potter notched eight points with eight rebounds, and Julian Saldivar passed out seven assists.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 8TH GRADE 24, NORTH MIAMI 20
Valley’s eighth grade boys topped North Miami in a close game Tuesday night.
Wade Jones led the Vikings with nine points. Nate Parker chipped in five points, and James Gilbert led the team in rebounds with six caroms.
Valley moves to 5-4 on the season.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 7TH GRADE 29, NORTH MIAMI 25
Valley’s seventh grade also topped North Miami Tuesday.
The Vikings’ top scorer was Blain Sheetz with 12 points, and he also led the team in rebounds with five. Dallas Miller Chipped in six points in the win, which pushed the team to 6-3 on the season.
SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN 84, GRACE 78
Grace’s men’s basketball team ended the California trip with a loss, falling to NAIA Div. I San Diego Christian 84-78 on Tuesday.
The Lancers (9-4) shot 53 percent from the floor, but Grace was unable to erase a late deficit to end its five-game winning streak.
The Hawks (3-6) started the game with four straight points, but Matt Jennings countered with six unanswered points of his own.
The teams traded small runs for most of the opening half. The Hawks employed a press defensively throughout the half, trapping often which at times gave Grace trouble.
With two minutes remaining, Charlie Warner buried a triple and Jennings hit a jumper to cut San Diego’s lead to one at 38-37.
But that proved to be Grace’s last points of the half. The Hawks rattled off six points over the final 98 seconds to lead 44-37 at halftime.
Grace shot 50 percent from the floor in the half but only 30 percent (3 of 10) from beyond the arc. Haden Deaton had 13 points before halftime to lead the Lancers.
The Lancers quickly erased the Hawks’ lead after halftime. Grace scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the game at 44-44.
Shortly after that point, Jaret Sons scored on back-to-back plays to put Grace ahead 48-46.
San Diego battled back, using a 7-0 spurt to claim a 62-56 edge midway through the half.
The Hawks remained in front for the rest of regulation.
Grace did its best to rally; Sons converted an acrobatic and-1 with 4:33 remaining to make the score 75-71.
San Diego pulled ahead by 10, but Grace had one more comeback attempt. Jennings scored five quick points, and Warner made two free throws to cut the Hawks’ cushion down to 81-78 with 32 seconds remaining.
Grace sent the Hawks to the foul line where they missed the front-end of the bonus shot, but San Diego grabbed its own offensive rebound. The Hawks then proceeded to make its two foul shots to effectively end the game.
Deaton posted a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists, and Jennings added 19 points with three assists.
Sons also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, and Warner tallied 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. No other Lancer scored more than three points.
The Lancers’ next game will be a memorable one. Grace will take on Ohio Christian on Dec. 30 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. The game in Indianapolis starts at 5:30 p.m.