Golden Arrows top Bloomfield for ninth straight victory
Sullivan shot 70% in the first half as the Class 3A No. 10 Golden Arrows extended its winning streak to nine with a 75-66 victory over Class A No. 9 Bloomfield in a high school boys basketball game at Sullivan on Monday night.
The Golden Arrows, who made 12 of 14 shots as they led 29-19 after one quarter, connected on 19 of 27 field goals with just three turnovers as they led 46-32 at the halftime break.
“We played a great first half,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Moore, who won his 464th game in his 31 seasons in charge of the Golden Arrows. “But in the second half, everybody wanted a piece of the pie.
“Instead of continuing to find the open man, we would come down, make one pass and throw up a shot. We stopped going inside to Jackson (Hills) after he had a great first half.”
Moore admits they want to get out and play in transition, but they have to make better decisions.
“We are not the kind of team that is going to come down and make 15 passes,” he said. “If we make four passes before we shoot, that is a good possession for us.
“Bloomfield is a good basketball team. In the first half, we made the extra pass and made them work on defense. We just didn’t do that after halftime. Also, our defense was not as good in the second half.”
Sullivan still led 57-42 at the end of the third quarter after Rocco Roshel knocked in an off-balance 15-foot at the buzzer.
Bloomfield, who does not have a senior on its varsity roster, got a steal and layup from Ethan Dean, cutting the Sullivan lead to 59-50 with five minutes and nine seconds to play. It was the first time the Cardinals (12-8) had been that close since it was 33-25 with 5:28 left in the opening half.
Hank Skomp swished a 3-pointer after an offensive rebound and assist by Brett Sherrard as the Cardinals climbed to within 61-55 midway in the fourth quarter.
Bloomfield made 5 of its 9 3-pointers as they outscored Sullivan 24-18 in the fourth quarter, but Sullivan made 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep the Cardinals at bay.
For the game, Sullivan was 17 of 19 at the foul line as Randy Kelley was 9 of 11, Braden Flanagan was 6-for-6 and Hills was 2 of 2.
Bloomfield outscored Sullivan 27-18 from the 3-point line, but the Arrows had a 17-5 advantage on free throws.
“We did a good job of getting to the bonus in the fourth quarter,” said Moore. “Randy and Braden did a nice job of making free throws when Bloomfield was trying to get back into the game.”
Flanagan led a balanced SHS attack with 20 points. He also had two steals and four rebounds.
Kelley scored 19 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and one steal. Unofficially, he has 1,019 career points.
Hills tallied 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He also had one assist and five rebounds as Sullivan had a 25-22 rebounding advantage.
Baylin Graf scored a game-high 26 points to pace Bloomfield. He also had nine rebounds.
Nobody else reached double figures for the Cardinals.
Sullivan won the JV game 50-49.
The Arrows (17-2) will play at Terre Haute North on Wednesday and will conclude the regular season on Friday at home against North Daviess.
“Terre Haute North is a very good team,” said Moore. “They have lost six or seven games by one possession. They are senior dominated. They have eight seniors.”
BLOOMFIELD (66) — Christopher Royal 1 0-0 3, Ethan Dean 3 0-0 8, Justin Beard 1 2-2 4, Brett Sherrard 3 0-0 7, Ryan Schulte 3 0-0 6, Hank Skomp 1 0-0 3, Baylin Graf 10 3-4 26, Peter Combs 4 0-0 9. Totals 26 5-6 66.
SULLIVAN (75) — Rocco Roshel 2 0-0 5, Braden Flanagan 6 6-6 20, Luke Adams 1 0-0 2, Randy Kelley 5 9-11 19, Will King 3 0-0 9, Gabe Pirtle 2 0-0 4, Jackson Hills 7 2-2 16. Totals 26 17-19 75.
Bloomfield 19 13 10 24 — 66
Sullivan 29 17 11 18 — 75
3-pointers — Bloomfield 9 (Graf 3, Dean 2, Combs, Skomp, Sherrard, Royal), Sullivan 6 (King 3, Flanagan 2, Roshel). Fouls — Bloomfield 16, Sullivan 10. Fouled out — None. Technical foul — Combs. Rebounds — Bloomfield 22, Sullivan 25, Assists — Bloomfield 11, Sullivan 10. Steals — Bloomfield 3, Sullivan 5, Turnovers — Bloomfield 8, Sullivan 8. Blocks — Bloomfield 3, Sullivan 1.