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December 27, 2013

Pizza Hut Classic roundup: Jackson scores 27 to lead Linton to victory

TERRE HAUTE — Linton dominated Riverton Parke from the opening tip to the final buzzer en route to a 79-31 win Friday morning in the first game of the consolation bracket in the 14th annual Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic boys basketball tournament at Terre Haute North High School.

While Riverton Parke suffered through 1-for-9 shooting and committed nine turnovers in the first quarter, Linton streaked away to an 18-3 lead and never looked back. The Miners led 41-11 at halftime and 64-20 going into the fourth quarter.

Bryant Jackson paced Linton (3-2) with 27 points, hitting five 3-point shots along the way. Drew Witty scored 14 points off the bench for Linton and Zach Riddell added 13.

Riverton Parke (2-6) was led by Tanner Edge with 10 points.

RIVERTON PARKE (31) — Organ 1-3 0-0 2, Edge 2-6 6-10 10, Falls 2-5 1-2 5, Mathas 1-4 0-0 2, Sanders 1-4 0-1 2, Thomas 0-0 0-1 0, Walker 1-5 0-2 3, Lowe 3-7 0-0 6, Blacketer 0-1 1-3 1. Totals 11-35 FG, 8-19 FT, 31 TP.

LINTON (79) — B.Jackson 8-14 6-7 27, Josh Dieball 3-6 2-2 8, Riddell 3-8 7-8 13, Joe Dieball 2-3 1-2 5, Woodward 1-7 0-0 2, P.Jackson 1-2 0-0 2, Eaton 2-3 0-0 4, Johnson 1-4 1-6 4, Witty 6-11 1-2 14, Clothier 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 FG, 18-27 FT, 79 TP.

Riverton Parke    3    8    9    11    —    31

Linton    18    23    23    15    —    79

3-point shooting — RP 1-4 (Walker 1-2, Mathas 0-2), L 7-18 (B.Jackson 5-9, Johnson 1-1, Witty 1-3, Woodward 0-3). Total fouls — RP 17, L 19. Fouled out — Falls, Witty. Turnovers — RP 26, L 13. Rebounds — RP 23 (Lowe 6), L 42 (Josh Dieball 9). Steals — RP 3 (Sanders 2), L 10 (Joe Dieball and Clothier 3).

Next — Today at Terre Haute North, Riverton Parke (2-6) will play at 10 a.m. and Linton (3-2) will play at 1 p.m.

— Steve Fields

In other Classic action Friday:

• Marshall 65, Monrovia 53 — Monrovia fought hard to get into the win column, pulling even with Marshall at 48 with a 3-pointer by sophomore Trevor Eisenhunt to open the second half.

The Bulldogs, led by 6-foot-5 freshman’s Luke Seber’s 10 first-half points, had finished the second quarter with an 8-4 spurt to pull within three at the break.

Marshall senior Derrick Davidson provided the key hustle plays to spark the Lions, who advance to the semifinals of the consolation championship today.

Davidson converted multiple offensive rebounds into baskets for Marshall. The 6-2 senior had 15 rebounds and 11 points.

“He’s a huge part of this win tonight,” Marshall coach Tom Brannan said. “He helped us get plenty of extra shots and those seem double for what they’re worth.”

Keegan Steele hit three first-half 3-pointers to help the Lions get untracked and Drew Morris and Spencer Shafner created offense for the Lions. Morris attacked the basket, creating shots for himself and teammates.

Shafner, a 6-4 freshman being relied upon in the post, hit on 7 of 15 shots to finish with 18 points.

Brannan credited Monrovia’s young squad with executing a quality gameplan by coach Micah Elliott.

“They came back and played with a lot of heart. Put pressure on us. They knew we’ve been struggling a little bit handling the ball,” Brannan said. “That’s something we’ve got to work on. In practice, we’ve worked on other things. We’ll go back to playing a little 1-on-2, 1-on-3 basketball. The guys aren’t going to like it — it burns their lungs — but that’s what we need.”

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