Archive - 2010 - Sports Article
CULVER â€” Slow and steady wins the race, or in this case, the basketball game.
The visiting LaCrosse Tigers were no match for Culver Communityâ€™s calm offense. Even against a LaCrosse full-court press and a defense that was trying to grab any free ball, Culver kept possession and control of the game the entire night, winning 58-41 at home Friday.
NAPPANEE â€” Tritonâ€™s ice-cold 3-point shooting finally caught up with it in overtime.
The Class A No. 2 Trojans connected on just 4 of 25 attempts from downtown â€”Â 0 for 6 in the extra session â€”Â and scuffled to a 28.8 percent clip from the field overall in a 50-43 overtime loss to NorthWoodâ€™s boys basketball team Friday at The Pit.
To exacerbate the frustration, the Trojans, who led most of the night, built a 35-27 advantage with 5:39 left in regulation and led until Michael Paulâ€™s 3-pointer knotted the game at 40-all with 29 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
ROCHESTER â€” Right guy. Right look. Wrong result.
After Rochester forward Collin Harris missed his second free throw in the double bonus with 5.5 seconds on the clock, Plymouth had a chance to send the game into overtime as forward Sean Smith pulled down the rebound and hit veteran point guard Houston Hodges streaking up the floor, but a hard foul by Zebras sophomore Jonathon O'Dell spoiled the breakaway layup and sent Hodges to the line with the Pilgrims trailing by two instead.
PLYMOUTH â€” There were some good individual performances, and the young Rockies battled, but Plymouth's inexperience showed as it lost its Northern Lakes Conference opener to Goshen 46-18 Thursday.
Plymouth won just four bouts and gave up three pinfalls and three major decisions in the loss.
PLYMOUTH â€” Alexander wept when he saw there were no more worlds left to conquer.
Kenzie Miller just gave a sly smile.
The finish wasn't dramatic, but it signified something very special as the Plymouth senior and Texas Christian University signee clocked in a full 11 seconds faster than her closest competitor, breaking the Lady Pilgrims' school record for the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:10.59.
PLYMOUTH â€” Thereâ€™s an old adage in coaching that says things are never quite as bad or as good as they seem.
St. Josephâ€™s head coach Ric Mauch saw some positives, while Plymouth boss Dave Cox referenced The General as the Lady Pilgrims blew past the Indians 56-38 at The Rock Wednesday.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â Just consider Clay Yeo Triton's one-time not-so-secret weapon off the bench.
Bumped from the starting lineup following a weekend bout with illness, the 6-foot-5 super sophomore erupted for 20 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and ripped down four rebounds to lead the Class A No. 2 Trojans to a 55-37 boys basketball win over Plymouth at The Rock Tuesday.
"We thought we'd give (Plymouth) the element of surprise," Triton head coach Jason Groves joked. "I'm sure they weren't expecting (Yeo) to do anything off the bench.
WALKERTON â€” John Glenn may eventually be able to use its team speed against opponents this year, but South Bend Riley gave the Falcons a dose of their own medicine Tuesday.
The athletic Wildcats showcased their quickness and athleticism while cranking up the tempo on both ends of the floor for a 79-49 victory in Walkerton.
"I know they don't want to run with us per se, but they also don't want to walk it," said Riley head boys basketball coach Mark Johnson. "I think we presented a tempo to where they were a little bit rushed. That's a credit to our young men."
GOSHEN â€” Locked in a 19-all tie at the half, Triton head coach Adam Heckaman decided to take a gamble in the second half.
Switch up to a man-to-man defense to deny easy buckets in the paint and take a chance against Bethany Christian senior small forward Marla ZumFelde.
The gamble worked as sophomore Shana Anderson held ZumFelde to just four of her game-high 14 points after the break, and the Lady Trojans surged past the host Bruins for a 50-39 win at Goshen Monday.
CULVER â€” Culver Communityâ€™s Collin Stevens selected a perfect time to unveil his offensive capabilities.Â
With Culver senior standout Zoe Bauerâ€™s open glances at a minimum, Stevens connected for 12 of his 15 points during the second half to help the Cavs to a 52-46 boys basketball win over visiting West Central at John R. Nelson Gymnasium Saturday.
â€śCollin Stevens was the difference in the ball game in the second half,â€ť Culver head coach Kyle Elliott said. â€śCollin Stevens stepped up his offensive play, and he played a great game defensively. He played a great floor game at both ends.â€ť