Homestead Boys 54, Warsaw 31
Homestead awoke in the second half to pull away from the Tigers in southwest Allen County Friday night.
A 17-all tie at the half saw Homestead pile up a 20-1 second-half run to pull away. After shooting just 29 percent in the first half, Homestead shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half. Fletcher Loyer led the Spartans with 16 points and four assists, with Grant Simmons at 15 points and Luke Goode with 14 points.
The Tigers (2-1), on the other hand, sputtered in the second half, shooting 26 percent after staying level in the first half. Judah Simfukwe and Luke Adamiec both had eight points and six rebounds for the Tigers.
Homestead (2-0) came through with a 46-41 win in the JV contest. Grady Swing led the Spartans with 15 points while Ifeanyi Ezeakudo tallied 11 points, five steals and five assists. Drew Heckaman led the Tigers with 15 points and five rebounds and Kyle Dawson added 12 points and seven caroms.
The freshman contest went to Homestead in a 45-40 results. Stats were not supplied from the game.
NorthWood Boys 60, Triton 47
Triton’s long-awaited start to the season came up short as the host Panthers held serve in The Pit.
NorthWood (2-0) dominated the boards, outrebounding the Trojans 33-15, Ian Raasch pulling down nine and Cooper Wiens grabbing seven. NorthWood also outscored Triton 13-0 in second chance points. Raasch and Chad Brenner each had 17 points to lead the Panthers with Ben Vincent scoring 12 points in his season debut.
Ashton Oviedo was electric for Triton (0-1), scoring 28 points on 8-13 in three-point shooting. Tyson Yates added 11 points and three assists.
NorthWood claimed the JV game by a 43-26 count. Ethan Wolfe raced to 11 points and JJ Payne had eight points and eight to lead the Panthers while Chandler Westafer, Cameron Shively and Cole Irvine all had five points for the Trojans.
Knox Boys 48, Tippecanoe Valley 38
A hobbled Valley side took another hit Friday in a road loss at Knox.
Already finding out before the game that star guard Paul Leasure would miss time with a fracture in his foot, Dawson Perkins was also lost during the contest. The towering sophomore forward pulled down eight boards in the first quarter before reinjuring his ankle, which had him miss the remainder of the contest.
In what was a four-point Valley lead at the half went south quick as Knox took advantage of Valley’s short roster and some poor Viking shooting in the second half to earn the ‘W’. The Vikings shot just 25 percent in the second half, and for the night were just 4-19 from three-point range.
Nolan Cumberland had 12 points to lead the Vikings (0-2) while Braden Shepherd chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
Gunner Wagner and Cade Short each had 14 points to lead the Redskins (1-0).
The Viking JV squad had 11 points from Damion Kohler and nine points from Riley Shepherd in a 49-23 win.
Lakeland Christian Boys 45, Culver 44
LCA opened its season Friday night at home and eeked out a win over the Cavs.
The Cougars (1-0) erased an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes, and sealed the win on a Landon Gause block of Culver’s final three-point try. Gause would lead the way for LCA with 14 points and Hunter Rice added 13 points, 12 coming off of four made threes.
Culver Girls 59, Lakeland Christian 28
LCA’s girls debut didn’t go as planned, falling big to the Lady Cavs in the day’s opener.
Madison Shedrow had a huge game for Culver, outscoring LCA herself with 29 points. Baleigh Binkley and Mackenzie Banks each scored 10 points.
For the hosts (0-1), Finley Hobbs led the way with 10 points. Natalie Norris, Alexis Miller and Jordan Gross all had four points.