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February 6, 2014

This weekend's Vigo County boys basketball games

TERRE HAUTE — Ben Davis at T.H. South

Evansville Reitz vs. T.H. South at T.H. North


The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (7-7 overall, 0-3 MIC) will play host to the Ben Davis Giants (7-6, 3-4) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup tonight and take on the Evansville Reitz Panthers (10-4 before tonight’s home game against Jeffersonville) on Saturday afternoon in North’s gym.

The times — Tonight’s varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30, while Saturday’s will be at 2:30 p.m. EST.

The airwaves — No broadcasts in the Wabash Valley either day.

The coaches — Scott Ridge is 24-36 in his third season at Terre Haute South. Mark James is 41-20 in his third year at Ben Davis and 479-250 in his 32nd year overall. Michael Adams is 260-200 in his 21st year at Evansville Reitz and 319-212 in his 24th year overall going into tonight’s game.

Probable starting lineups — For South, 6-4 junior Greg Newton and 6-6 junior Timmy Herrin at forwards, 5-11 junior LaMarkis Stevenson, 6-0 junior Conner Shipley and 6-0 junior Spence Tofaute at guards.

For Ben Davis, 6-6 junior Brennan Gillis and 6-2 junior Stephon Matthews at forwards, 6-5 senior Juwan Carpenter at center, 6-2 senior Mike Baty and 6-0 junior DeShon Cate at guards.

For Evansville Reitz, 6-3 junior Alex Stein and 6-3 junior Nate Hansen at forwards, 6-5 junior Jacob Norman at center, 6-1 junior Mario Barnes and 6-3 junor Jaylen Sanford at guards.

Key reserves — For South, 6-2 senior Da’Shon Heyen, 6-3 junior Logan Dinkel, 6-0 junior Tre Minnett, 5-11 freshman Jaylen Minnett, 6-2 senior Jerad Fuson and 6-0 freshman Josiah Wallace.

For Ben Davis, 5-9 sophomore Chris Evans, 6-0 sophomore Ian Deiters and 6-5 junior Tylor Shane.

For Evansville Reitz, 5-11 sophomore Blake Ruckman, 6-2 sophomore Drew Smith, 6-3 senior Jordan Summers and 6-3 senior Logan Worthington.

Team leaders — For South, Herrin is averaging 13 points per game and Tre Minnett is next at 10 ppg. For Ben Davis, Gillis is tallying about 19 ppg. Reitz’s balanced attack includes 15 points per game for Sanford, 12.5 for Norman, 11 for Stein and 10 for Barnes and nine for Hansen.

Injury report — For all three teams, the regulars appear healthy.

Recent games — Last Friday, Terre Haute South lost at home to Terre Haute North 80-56 and Ben Davis lost at home to Carmel 52-32. Reitz played twice last weekend, losing 65-63 to Evansville Central on Friday but routing Floyd Central 109-64 on Saturday.

Last meeting — On Feb. 1, 2013, South won at Ben Davis 50-47. On Dec. 15, 2012, South lost at Evansville Reitz 73-65. South hasn’t beaten Reitz since a 74-49 decision on Nov. 29, 2008.

Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on his squad: “We did not play well in the North game last week, so we tried to make some improvements when we had a chance to practice this week.”

Ridge on playing the Giants: “They’re good. They’re big, strong, athletic, about what you’d expect from a school that size. We’ll have to play well to win.”

Ridge on playing the Panthers: “They’re having a lot of success so far this year. They move the ball well. They shoot the ball well. We’ll have to play great defense to have a chance.”

James on his squad: “We’ve been struggling. We either play really well or really poor. … We’ve been struggling with shooting a little bit.”

James on playing the Braves: “They play a lot of kids. They’ve got some good players. I know they’ve struggled with the same things that we have.”

Adams on his squad: “I really like my team, but it’s been frustrating [because of the weather]. Our corporation lets us have voluntary practice [when school is not in session, but sometimes kids aren’t able to get there]. But we’ve had our moments: we’re 10-4, and in all our losses we’ve had the ball with a chance to win it in the last minute.”

Adams on playing the Braves: “They’re a lot like we are. They play a lot of juniors who have been very capable. If you don’t show up to compete, they present a lot of problems.”

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