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home : sports : sports June 28, 2016

1/7/2014 10:51:00 AM
Maroons lose pair of weekend games
Sports Editor

It was a rough weekend on the court for Robinson High School's basketball team, but it may be one that turns out for the better in the long run.

The Maroons came away with a pair of losses against tough competition at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic in Terre Haute Dec. 27-28 and did so short-handed. Already playing the tournament without second-leading scorer Jason Richart due to a knee injury, leading scorer Michael Akande suffered a concussion late in the first half of Friday's quarterfinal game against Sullivan, causing him to miss the second half and Saturday's game against Casey-Westfield. The Maroons would lose both games over the weekend, falling to Sullivan 48-41 and Casey-Westfield 68-47. However, the players that did play for the Maroons competed well, which was encouraging for head coach Mack Thompson.

"We played three games of hard fought, 96 minutes of tenacious basketball over three days," Thompson said. "These kids never gave up and kept playing hard."


After a hard-fought opening-round victory over Rockville Thursday night, the Maroons found themselves in another battle with highly-regarded Sullivan in Friday night's final quarterfinal.

The Maroons got off to a slow start offensively, as they did not score for more than three minutes to start the game. However, when Connor Griffin made two free throws with 4:40 left for Robinson's first points, the Maroons trailed just 3-2. Following a Sullivan basket, Griffin would score three more hoops to give the Maroons an 8-5 lead. However, Sullivan would score the final five points of the period, including a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Golden Arrows a 10-8 lead after one period.

A three-pointer by Noah Tennison at the start of the second period put Robinson back in front, 11-10, but two free throws by Sullivan gave them a 12-11 lead. Robinson would answer with two free throws by Landen Hoagland and a basket by Parker Bopp to take a 15-12 lead, but Sullivan would counter with two three-pointers and a free throw to take a 19-15 lead. Michael Akande would make a free throw and a layup to close the gap to 19-18, but Sullivan closed the half on a 9-4 spurt to take a 28-22 lead at halftime. With about 24 seconds left in the half, Akande collided with Sullivan's Jake Kinnaman on an inbounds play and had to be helped from the floor. He would not return to the game.

Both teams were sluggish in the third quarter, but Sullivan was able to push their lead to as many as 12, as they outscored RHS 8-4 in the period for a 36-26 advantage.

Sullivan held their biggest lead at 42-28 early in the fourth, but Robinson would chip away. With Sullivan up 45-31 with just over four minutes to play, Robinson scored six straight points to pull within 45-37 with 2:22 to play, but Sullivan was able to hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"I thought if we could get into a half-court game, we could have some success against them and I thought we did for the most part," Thompson said. "But, we have got to leave our guns at home, because we keep shooting ourselves in the foot."

The Maroons had a rough night shooting the ball, making 13-34 field goal attempts (38 percent), including 12-27 from two-point range (44 percent) and 1-7 from three-point range (14 percent). Sullivan connected on 17-41 shots from the floor (42 percent), which included a 12-30 effort from inside the arc (40 percent) and a 5-11 performance from long distance (46 percent). Robinson did shoot well at the free throw line, making 14-19 foul shots (74 percent), while Sullivan was 9-16 (56 percent), but it was not enough to make up the difference.

Griffin led RHS with 14 points, three rebounds and one steal, while Hoagland totaled six points, eight rebounds, five steals and one assist. Wes Harrison posted six points, eight rebounds and one assist, Bopp netted six points and two rebounds, Akande contributed three points, two rebounds and one steal, Tennison added three points, one rebound and one assist, Wes Wright collected two points, three steals and one assist and Dylan Dirks scored one point.

Brooks Weszley led Sullivan with 15 points, two assists and two steals, while Nathan Pirtle posted nine points, two steals, one rebound and one assist.

In other quarterfinal action Friday, Northview rolled past South Vermillion 64-42, Terre Haute North beat Owen Valley 64-48 and Terre Haute South beat Casey-Westfield 79-59. In consolation bracket play, Linton-Stockton hammered Riverton Parke 79-31, West Vigo thumped Shakamak 60-38, Marshall beat Monrovia 65-53 and Rockville beat Turkey Run 58-37.


On Saturday, Robinson ran into a hot-shooting Casey-Westfield team and got behind early. Full-court pressure by the Warriors also caused problems for the Maroons, who fell behind 6-0 less than two minutes into the game. After a basket by Griffin at the 5:30 mark, Casey-Westfield's Corey Carver scored seven points in less than a minute to give the Warriors a 13-2 advantage. The lead to balloon to 21-5 before Robinson finished the quarter with a 6-2 spurt to close the gap to 23-11 after the first eight minutes.

The Warriors made 10-14 shots in the first period, including a pair of three-pointers by sharpshooter Brandon Wolfe, who had 10 points in the quarter.

"When a team shoots that well, you are going to be down no matter who you are playing," Thompson said. "But, our kids kept playing hard, we waited until they cooled off, then we made a run."

Robinson got to within 10 a couple of times early in the second quarter, while Casey-Westfield led by as many as 17 before settling for a 43-28 lead at halftime.

The Maroons continued to hang around in the third quarter, as a layup by Bopp and a three-pointer from Wes Wright sandwiched around a Casey-Westfield free throw brought RHS to within 44-33 with 6:18 remaining. Neither team would score for almost three minutes after that, until a basket by Carver pushed Casey-Westfield's lead to 46-33 with 3:25 to play. Robinson responded with baskets by Griffin and Bopp to make the score 46-37 with 2:18 left, but they would not get any closer the rest of the way. Casey-Westfield led 53-41 after three quarters, then outscored RHS 16-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

"Our effort was outstanding," Thompson said. "We had guys diving on the floor and trying to take charges. I can't say enough about their effort. We got it down to nine, but I think we just ran out of gas. Still, I think this gave our guys some confidence that they can play with Casey, even though we were without Mike and Jason."

For the game, Robinson shot 20-52 from the floor (39 percent), including 19-38 from two-point range (50 percent) and just 1-14 from three-point range (7 percent). On the other hand, Casey-Westfield made 28-46 field goal attempts (61 percent), which included a 21-35 effort from inside the arc (60 percent) and a 7-11 performance from long distance (64 percent).

"They shot so well from the perimeter. They were 7-11 and we were 1-14, that's 18 points difference right there," Thompson said. "It basically comes down to how many shots we made in our driveways since March, in open gyms and on our own time and how many Casey made. It's evident they have some kids that put some shots up on their own and not just when the gym was open. That's what it takes to be a good shooting team."

Bopp led RHS with 17 points and one steal, while Bucky Stevens posted 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Griffin netted 10 points, six rebounds and one steal, Wes Wright contributed three points, three assists and one rebound, Hoagland totaled two points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist and Joey Wright added two points and one rebound.

"Connor is not flashy, but is efficient," Thompson said. "He had a great tournament. Parker showed signs of wanting to be a scorer for us and Bucky came in and gave us some great minutes."

Wolfe led Casey-Westfield with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal, while becoming the tournament's all-time leading scorer in the process. Carver was also in double figures for the Warriors with 15 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and one assist.

In Saturday's semifinals, Terre Haute North beat Northview 54-43 and Terre Haute South edged Sullivan 66-62. In other action, Owen Valley beat South Vermillion 52-42, Rockville beat Marshall 42-36, Linton-Stockton downed West Vigo 60-40, Monrovia beat Turkey Run 62-48 and Shakamak edged Riverton Parke in double overtime, 62-61.

Tonight's final round of games will see Linton-Stockton against Rockville in the consolation championship at 2:30 p.m., Owen Valley against Casey-Westfield in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m., Sullivan and Northview for third place at 5:30 p.m. and Terre Haute North against Terre Haute South in the championship game at 7 p.m.

2013 Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic

At North Vigo High School, Terre Haute


Robinson 8 14 4 15 - 41

Sullivan 10 18 8 12 - 48


Connor Griffin 6-8 0-4 2-2 14, Landen Hoagland 0-5 0-1 6-9 6, Wes Harrison 2-6 0-0 2-2 6, Parker Bopp 2-4 0-0 2-2 6, Michael Akande 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Noah Tennison 0-0 1-1 0-0 3, Wes Wright 1-1 0-1 0-0 2, Dylan Dirks 0-1 0-0 1-2 1, Bucky Stevens 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 12-27 2FG, 1-7 3FG, 14-19 FT, 41 TP.


Brooks Weszley 3-7 2-3 3-5 15, Nathan Pirtle 1-2 2-4 1-2 9, Ian Perkinson 3-5 0-0 0-0 6, Luke McPhail 2-5 0-1 2-4 6, Michael Hutchcraft 2-5 0-0 1-2 5, Michael Willis 1-5 0-0 2-3 4, Max Gregory 0-0 1-1 0-0 3, Hunter King 0-0 0-2 0-0 0, Jake Kinnaman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Payton Santus 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 12-30 2FG, 5-11 3FG, 9-16 FT, 48 TP.

Turnovers - RHS 16, SHS 18. Team fouls - RHS 14, SHS 16. Fouled out - Griffin. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (RHS 30) Hoagland 8, Harrison 8, Griffin 3, Bopp 2, Akande 2, Tennison. (SHS 23) Perkinson 9, Hutchcraft 4. Steals - (RHS 12) Hoagland 5, W. Wright 3, Stevens 2, Griffin, Akande. (SHS 11) Weszley 2, Pirtle 2, Perkinson 2, Hutchcraft 2. Blocked shots - (SHS 3) Perkinson, Hutchcraft, Kinnaman.


Casey-Westfield 23 20 10 16 - 69

Robinson 11 17 13 6 - 47


Trey Thompson 3-7 0-0 1-3 7, Dylan Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Huisinga 2-5 1-2 0-0 7, Cody Hollensbe 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Corey Carver 7-10 0-1 1-2 15, Zach Murphy 1-1 1-1 2-4 7, Brandon Wolfe 6-8 4-6 1-1 25, Payton Chism 1-1 1-1 0-0 5, A.J. McNeil 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, D.C. Fisher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Elkins 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, TOTALS 21-35 2FG, 7-11 3FG, 6-12 FT, 69 TP.


Noah Tennison 0-4 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan White 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Dirks 0-1 0-3 0-0 0, Connor Griffin 5-12 0-2 0-3 10, Joey Wright 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Alex Brown 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 1-1 0-3 0-0 2, Wes Wright 0-0 1-2 0-0 3, Parker Bopp 6-8 0-2 5-6 17, Wes Harrison 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Bucky Stevens 5-7 0-1 1-2 11, TOTALS 19-38 2FG, 1-14 3FG, 6-11 FT, 47 TP.

Turnovers - CWHS 15, RHS 16. Team fouls - CWHS 15, RHS 11. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (CWHS 26) Wolfe 6, Murphy 5, Carver 5, Thompson 3. (RHS 27) Stevens 7, Griffin 6, Hoagland 5, Harrison 5, Tennison, J. Wright, Brown, W. Wright. Steals - (CWHS 11) Murphy 4, McNeil 2. (RHS 10) Hoagland 4, Harrison 2, Tennison 2, Griffin, Bopp. Assists - (CWHS 15) Wolfe 5, Murphy 2, Huisinga 2. (RHS 8) W. Wright 3, Harrison 2, Stevens, Hoagland, Dirks. Blocked shots - (CWHS 2) Carver 2.

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