Weekend hoop schedule features four games
The next to last weekend of the regular season for high school boys basketball features four games involving teams from Sullivan County.
North Central (0-20, 0-6) at Linton (17-4, 6-0)
West Vigo (15-5) at North Central (0-20)
North Central is the lone squad that will be playing twice this weekend as they will conclude play in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference at Linton on Friday before hosting West Vigo on Saturday.
North Central coach Scott Pherson said his team is still working hard and their goal still is to win their first game.
They will be facing two of the hottest teams in the area. The Miners, four-time defending Class 2A Sectional champs, have won 11 of 12 games. The only loss during that streak was a 49-47 setback in overtime to Loogootee last week.
Linton, who was won 25 of the past 38 meeings with North Central, scored the first 25 points as the Miners went on to defeat the Thunderbirds 100-34 on Jan. 3 in the first game of the Greene County Invitational.
Freshman Kip Fougerousse (17), senior forward Josh Dieball (13), Sammy Robbins (12), Bill Smith (12) and Trey Passen (11) combined to score 65 points for the Miners against North Central.
Chase Wiseley led the T-birds, who committed 31 turnovers, with 11 points. He had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a loss on Feb. 3 at Clay City.
The Miners have allowed just 43 points per game, 15 less than they score. North Central is giving up 73.1 and scoring 32.6.
West Vigo has won 10 of 12, with their only losses coming to Terre Haute South and Terre Haute North during that stretch. A previous loss to South and two setbacks against Northview are their lone blemishes.
On Tuesday night, the Vikings lost 60-52 at North.
The Vikings, who are having their best season since 1996, are led by four seniors — 6-9 Austin Sappingfield, 6-4 Ty Lautenschlager, 6-3 Tyler Kernstein and sharp-shooting guard Corey Vickers.
Vickers scored 21 points against North and Lautenschlager added 10.
West Vigo has won 19 and lost five in the past 24 meetings with North Central, including a 75-37 victory at West Terre Haute a year ago.
The JV games on both nights are scheduled to tip at 6 p.m.
Sullivan (12-9) at Robinson, Illinois (16-10) — Sullivan will conclude the regular season with three teams that have combined records of 49-19, including a date on Friday night at Robinson, Ill.
The Maroons capped off a Little Illini Conference championship with a 69-59 victory over Marshall on Tuesday night. They were perfect — 8-0 — in the LIC.
Dylan Dirks led the Maroons with 20 points and nine rebounds against Marshall.
Walker Sandschafer had 14 points and seven rebounds and Joey Wright added 13 points.
Marshall, who beat Robinson 68-54 during the LIC tournament, did not have leading scorer Brock Finkbiner (sprained ankle), but Spencer Shaffner played for the first time in two weeks after suffering a concussion.
“Robinson is a good team,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Moore, who celebrated his 56th birthday on Tuesday with a 43-36 win over Bloomfield. “They had a good win over Marshall on Tuesday.
Dirks, a 6-7 senior, averages 18.1 points per game. Sandschafer, a 6-5 junior, averages over seven rebounds per game. Junior Bryston James, who is 6-2, chips in with five-plus rebounds on average.
“They will be another good challenge for us. Our last three games all will be against tough teams. But that is a good thing as we prepare for the tournament.”
Since Trevor Magill has returned from injury, he has been starting along with Trey Powell, Evan Conner, Shane Garner and Ty Drake.
Mason Dean and Ike Chastain have been playing in relief, although both have started.
“Right now, we have a seven-man rotation,” said Moore. “Trevor has really been shooting the ball well from three. He has a lot of confidence.”
Sullivan, winners of two in a row, have a 7-2 advantage in the series with Robinson. Last season, the Golden Arrows won 46-42.
The JV contest is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Dugger Union (4-19) at Evansville Day (8-11) — After playing at Hutsonville, Illinois on Thursday night, the Bulldogs will conclude their regular season on Saturday night in the Pocket City.
This will be the second meeting between Dugger Union and Evansville Day, who won the first game 90-46 in Sullivan County on Jan. 7.
The Eagles raced to a 24-11 advantage after the first eight minutes. They shot 56 percent against the Bulldogs, including making 7 of 16 3-pointers. They had a 38-24 rebounding advantage.
Humaad Khan paces the Eagles in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Trey Waller adds 10.6.
Senior Caleb Wright scored 14 points for Dugger Union in the first game.
Evansville Day has won all five previous meetings.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Notes: Pairings for the 107th annual IHSAA boys basketball state tournament will be announced on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.
They will be broadcast on Fox Sports Indiana as well as on the IHSAA Champions Network on various radio stations throughout the Wabash Valley. For a complete list, check out www.ihsaa.org.
A webstream will be available at IHSAAtv.org.
Sullivan will be competing in the Class 3A Edgewood Sectional while North Central will be part of the six-team sectional field in Class A at White River Valley.
First round games will be played on Feb. 28 with the semifinals on March 3 and the championship games set for March 4.
Complete pairings will be available at IHSAA.org following the broadcast.
Photo by JESSICA PITTS: Sullivan’s Trey Powell, right, defends North Central’s Chase Wiseley during a boys basketball game at Farmersburg last week. Powell and the Golden Arrows will play at Robinson, Ill. on Friday while North Central plays at Linton on Friday and hosts West Vigo on Saturday.