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Golden Arrows repeat as WIC champs: Kelley reaches 1,000 career points


Class 3A No. 10 Sullivan repeated as boys basketball champions in the Western Indiana Conference after a 84-61 victory at Indian Creek on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Arrows extended their winning streak to eight games, pushing their record to 16-2 overall. Sullivan finished 9-1 in the WIC, with its only loss coming at Greencastle on Jan. 11, the last time the Arrows lost.

“This is as tough as I have ever seen the conference,” Sullivan coach Jeff Moore told the media after winning his seventh WIC championship. “There were nine teams that could beat anybody on any given night.

“You have to give the kids a lot of credit. We won a lot of close games.”

Junior guard Randy Kelley became the 12th player in the history of Sullivan boys basketball to score 1,000 points. He needed 20 to reach the plateau and that’s the exact number of points he finished with, including seven in the first quarter and 12 in the first half.

“Randy is just the second junior I have ever had that scored 1,000 points by their junior year,” said Moore. “Rhett (Smith) was the other one.

“Randy is one of the best pure point guards I have ever had at Sullivan. He continues to get better. He spends more time in the gym than anybody we have. I only have had three or four players that worked harder than Randy. He is being watched by a lot of coaches. He is going to play somewhere.”

Sullivan outscored the host Braves 27-8 in the second quarter, pushing its advantage to 51-23 at intermission.

“We really got out in transition in the second quarter,” said Moore. “Maybe we should not practice and only play after taking long road trips.”

Moore was referencing the fact that the Arrows played for the first time in a week because of the snow and only had one practice since a win on Feb. 13 at Brown County.

Rocco Roshel made four triples and two foul shots and finished with 18 points off the bench. Sullivan made 16 of 21 free throws.

Jackson Hills scored 17 points, Braden Flanagan had 14, Will King eight and Luke Adams added seven. Gabe Pirtle, Eli Gettinger, Eli Steimel and Jack Ridgway also played.

Sullivan lost the JV game 56-45.

The Arrows will host Bloomfield in a makeup game on Monday, play at Terre Haute North on Wednesday in an add on game and conclude the regular season at home on Friday against North Daviess. Their game on Tuesday with South Vermillion was cancelled because the Wildcats have to make up a conference game.

“We are finishing with three tough games next week,” said Moore. “That is what we want going into the sectional.”

The draw for the sectional will be at 7 p.m. Sunday. The postseason will start on March 2.

SULLIVAN (84) — Rocco Roshel 6 2-2 18, Braden Flanagan 5 2-2 14, Luke Adams 3 1-2 7, Randy Kelley 6 7-9 20, Will King 3 0-0 8, Gabe Pirtle 0 0-0 0, Jackson Hills 7 3-4 17, Eli Steimel 0 0-0 0, Eli Gettinger 0 0-0 0, Jack Ridgway 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 15-20 84,

INDIAN CREEK (61) — Mason Britt 11 2-3 26, Carter Modlin 0 1-2 1, Bryce Armstrong 0 1-2 1, Aiden Pemberton 1 0-0 2, Braxton Christie 2 1-2 6, Noah Sanders 0 1-2 1, Javan Crouch 4 1-1 9, Blayden Mann 0 0-0 0, Aiden Netherly 0 2-2 2, Ethan Garriott 3 0-0 6, Christian Wiseman 2 3-3 7. Totals 23 12-17 61. 

Sullivan  24 27 18 15 — 84

Indian Creek  15  8  19 19 — 61 

3-pointers — Sullivan 9 (Roshel 4, Flanagan 2, King 2, Kelley), Indian Creek 3 (Britt 2, Christie). Fouls — Sullivan 13, Indian Creek 15. Turnovers — Sullivan 9, Indian Creek 13. Fouled out — None. 

Sullivan High School 1,000 Point Scorers

Rank Name Graduation Points

  1. Rhett Smith, 2012 1,534 points

  2. Joey Davidson, 1999 1,274 points

  3. Kevin Palmer 2020 1,223 points

    4. Travis Bontrager, 1996 1,215 points

    5. Jay James 1973 1,214 points

    6. Tom Sevier 1979 1,181 points

    7. Greg Wood 1986 1,157 points

    8. Jeffrey Moore 2004 1,133 points

    9. Ryan Robbins 2001 1,132 points

    10. Todd Harris 1992 1,024 points

    11. Scott Allison 1987 1,009 points

    12. *Randy Kelley 2022 1,000 points


Contributed photo

The Sullivan High School boys basketball team repeated as Western Indiana Conference champions after a win at Indian Creek on Saturday. Team members, from left, included Randy Kelley, Gabe Pirtle, Jackson Hills, Rocco Roshel, Braden Flanagan, Will King, Jack Ridgway, Luke Adams, Eli Steimel and Eli Gettinger.

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