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Arrows drop first conference game at Greencastle

Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Greencastle senior Brody Whitaker defends a shot by Sullivan's Rocco Roshel during a high school boys basketball game on Monday.

GREENCASTLE — Greencastle played virtually a perfect fourth quarter as the host Tiger Cubs knocked off Sullivan 60-50 at the McAnally Center as the race for a boys basketball Western Indiana Conference championship continues to grow tighter and more complicated by the game.

The Tiger Cubs, who improved to 10-3, 5-2 in the WIC, made all six field goal attempts and its first 10 free throws in the final eight minutes, outscoring Sullivan 23-15.

Sullivan dropped to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Edgewood is 5-1 in the conference and Northview, who visits the Golden Arrows this weekend, is 3-1 in league play.

“I’ve said all along that the conference champion would likely have at least two losses,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Moore. “There are literally five or six teams that still have a chance to win it.

“This was our first conference loss and still have most of our upcoming conference games at home.” 

Brody Whitaker led the winners with 27 points. He now has 1,556 points as he became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the 105-year history of Greencastle basketball.

“Whitaker is a very good basketball player,” said Moore. “He is tough for us to guard.

“He can shoot it, drive it, rebound it and pass it. He makes his teammates better.”

But Whitaker only had four points in the fourth quarter. His teammates scored 19 as Benton Parmley hit for 11 of his 13 in the final eight minutes. Nick Sutherlin added 11, including six points in the fourth.

“Greencastle is a very good team,” said Moore. “Whitaker makes them go, but they have some other really good players.”

Sullivan struggled to make shots, especially in the second half. They were 4 of 12 in the third quarter and missed 6 of 9 field goals to start the fourth.

“We were down just two after three,” said Moore. “We had some good looks in the fourth, but just couldn’t get anything to go down.

“We missed several wide-open layups. We are still 8-2 and tied for the lead in the conference.”

Randy Kelley led SHS with 20 points and Jackson Hills and Braden Flanagan both added 11. Rocco Roshel chipped in with eight.

Sullivan won the JV game 45-32. The Arrows’ JV will play at West Vigo on Thursday. The Arrows will play West Vigo in the back half of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader on Friday before hosting Northview on Saturday, starting with the JV at 6 p.m. The Arrows had to cancel the game with Vincennes Lincoln on Saturday to make up the game with the Knights, but SHS is still trying to find a date to play Lincoln.

SULLIVAN (50) — Rocco Roshel 3 0-0 8, Braden Flanagan 4 0-0 11, Luke Adams 0 0-0 0, Randy Kelley 8 1-1 20, Will King 0 0-0 0, Gabe Pirtle 0 0-0 0, Jackson Hills 5 1-2 11. Totals 20 2-3 50.

GREENCASTLE (60) — Ryan Kempf 0 0-0 0, Tyler Rodgers 0 0-0 0, Brody Whitaker 10 5-5 27, Benton Parmley 4 4-6 13, Evan Alexander 1 0-0 3, Nick Sutherlin 3 4-4 11, Cole Hutchison 0 0-0 0, Ethan Maier 0 0-0 0, Cade Plew 3 0-0 6, Austin Hassler 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-15 60. 

Sullivan 11 13 11 15 — 50

Greencastle 13 13 11 23 — 60 

3-pointers — Sullivan 8 (Kelley 3, Flanagan 3, Roshel 2), Greencastle 5 (Whitaker 2, Parmley, Alexander, Sutherlin). Fouls — Sullivan 17, Greencastle 10. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Sullivan 18, Greencastle 24. Assists — Sullivan 11, Greencastle 10. Steals — Sullivan 2, Greencastle 2. Turnovers — Sullivan 7, Greencastle 12.. Blocks — Sullivan 0, Greencastle 1. 

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