News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 18, 2012

Tuesday’s prep basketball game


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TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute South at Indianapolis Arlington

The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (3-4) travel to Indianapolis to face Arlington’s Golden Knights (2-4) in a nonconference game.

The time — Varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m.

The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

The coaches — Scott Ridge is 11-19 in his second year at South. William “Chief” Benjamin, a retired chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, coaches the Golden Knights. Arlington is currently under state supervision and is being administered by EdPower.

Probable starting lineups — For South, 6-2 senior Jeffrey Turner and 5-10 senior Kevaris Gregory will start along with a trio selected from among 6-4 sophomore Timmy Herrin, 6-0 sophomore Conner Shipley, 5-11 senior Shane Stanley, 6-2 senior Preston Tofaute and 6-0 sophomore Spence Tofaute.

Arlington’s starters are expected to be 6-0 senior Jalen Steele, 6-1 senior Jerron Dewalt and 6-1 senior Rayshawn Baxter at guards with 6-6 senior Justin Vinciguerra and 6-8 junior Jrai Owens up front.

Key reserves — For South, 6-0 sophomore Tre Minnett, 6-4 sophomore Greg Newton and 5-10 sophomore Jared Wolfe. For Arlington, 5-10 senior Devin Ealy, 6-5 freshman Marc Owens and 6-7 junior Jrak Owens.

Team leaders — Turner is one of the state’s leading scorers, currently at 27.7 points per game, while Gregory is also a double-figure scorer for South. Dewalt leads the Golden Knights at 18 points per game, with Steele at 15 and Baxter at 9.

Recent games — South was very good on Friday, thumping West Vigo 86-51, but turned around on Saturday and lost 73-64 at Evansville Reitz. Arlington opened with wins over Indianapolis Washington and a good Chicago Julian team, but has lost four straight to Heritage Christian, Gary 21st Century, Fall Creek Academy and a 72-66 overtime decision at Lawrenceburg on Saturday.

Last meeting — Arlington won 70-65 last season, also at Arlington. The Braves had won three straight in the series prior to that, including a 69-50 win during the 2010-11 campaign.  

Coaches’ quotes — Ridge on South’s play at Reitz: “We didn’t play well. Our man-to-man defense was pretty good in the first half, we just had too many turnovers.”

Benjamin on the Golden Knights: “We’re in every game in the fourth quarter; we just can’t finish. There’s always one rebound, one play, one defensive stop [that keeps us from being successful] … but that’s a good problem to have, because we should be 6-0.”

Ridge on the Golden Knights: “They beat us up there last year, so we know we’re in for a game.”

 — Compiled by Andy Amey