Ben Davis at Terre Haute South

Terre Haute South at Vincennes Lincoln

The action — The Ben Davis Giants (8-5, 3-2 in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) travel to Terre Haute today to face South’s Braves (6-11, 0-5) in a conference game. On Saturday, the Braves travel to Vincennes to play Lincoln’s Alices (13-3), ranked third in Class 3A, in a nonconference game.

The time — Tonight’s varsity tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the varsity game begins at approximately 8 p.m.

The airwaves — Tonight’s game will be broadcast on WBOW-AM 1300. No broadcasts are scheduled Saturday.

The coaches — Scott White is 35-45 in his fourth year at Ben Davis and 56-84 in his seventh season overall. Mike Saylor is 28-17 in his second year at South. Steve Combs is 119-60 in his eighth season at Vincennes.

Probable starting lineups — For Ben Davis: 6-5 junior Marcus Jackson at forward, 6-5 senior Clark Williams at center and 6-2 senior Rod Sherman, 5-9 senior Curtis Asberry and 5-9 senior Jon Tate at guards.

For South: 6-5 senior Alex Royce and 6-1 senior Kyle Toney at forwards, 6-6 junior Will Uzzell at center, 5-9 junior Cole Vicars and 6-1 senior Jay Smith at guards.

For Vincennes: 6-3 junior Craig Heinz and 6-2 junior Jeremy Cunningham at forwards, 6-3 senior D.J. Smith at center, 5-10 junior Garrett Oexmann and 5-11 junior Coleton Oexmann at guards.

Key reserves — For Ben Davis: 6-1 junior Jordan Horner, 6-7 senior Robert Glenn, 6-4 junior Teddrick Hardy, 5-10 junior Ben Gomes.

For South: 6-1 sophomore Zach Odum, 5-11 junior Michael Engle, 5-11 junior Greg Ighile, 5-11 sophomore Trevon Childs, 5-8 sophomore Koby Kraemer.

For Vincennes: 6-2 junior Reid Smith, 6-5 junior Morgan Jones.

Team leaders — Sherman and Williams are both averaging between 13 and 14 points per game for the Giants. Vicars and Jay Smith are South’s leading scorers. Heinz is averaging 19.5 points per game and several other Alices are between eight and nine points per game.

Recent games — Ben Davis won 94-76 at Muncie South and 70-68 at home against Carmel last weekend. South lost 55-45 to Terre Haute North. Vincennes beat Evansville Harrison 59-53 last weekend and beat Washington 63-48 on Wednesday.

Last meeting — South lost 66-50 at Ben Davis last season when the Giants broke open a close game with a late 12-0 run. Vicars had 11 points and Armon Bassett 10 for South, while T.J. Burnett scored 22 and Williams 13 for Ben Davis. The following night, South had a 23-5 lead after one quarter of an eventual 63-54 win over the Alices. Bassett had 19 points and Travis Davis 17 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for South, while Heinz scored 13 and John Yochum 12 for Vincennes.

Coaches’ quotes — White on the Giants: “We feel pretty good after Saturday night’s game against Carmel. We’ve been through a little adversity [including the dismissal of one player from the team], but last weekend went very well. The guys are coming together, and we’ve got nine guys who can play.”

Saylor on the Braves: “[A three-game losing streak] hasn’t done anything to us morale-wise; we’re not going to get caught up in that. The great thing about these kids is their maturity. They’re able to see the big picture and what we’re trying to do.”

White on the Braves: “I know they’ve gone through a transformation in their style of play and they’ve lost some guys, but they’ve played better lately. We know going there will always be a struggle; we expect a close game and we’ll be prepared for one.”

Saylor on the Giants: “They are obviously a great MIC program. We’ll certainly have to be on our A game.”

Combs on the Alices: “We’ve had a great year so far. All three games [we’ve lost] we had a chance [to win], and there’s no shame in any of them.”

Saylor on the Alices: “They’re having a great year. They are very versatile, and Heinz is one of the best athletes in the state. They’re shooting the ball real well from the perimeter, and Coach Combs has them playing like the great Vincennes teams of old.”

Combs on the Braves: “They’re a team that’s improved as the season’s gone on. South is always a tough matchup for us; we know Cole Vicars is a very tough kid and they’ve got a lot of other capable players. We want to try to turn it around from the last couple of years.”

— Compiled by Prep Sports Editor Andy Amey

West Vigo at Marshall, Ill.

The action — The West Vigo Vikings (4-12) will visit the Marshall Lions (10-12 before tonight’s game at Edwards County) across the state line for a game Saturday night.

The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 7:30 Indiana time.

The airwaves — None planned.

The coaches — Tommy Thornton, previously an assistant, is 4-12 in his first season in charge at West Vigo. Thornton was ejected from last Saturday’s home game against Northview and will serve an IHSAA-imposed one-game suspension tonight. Assistant coach Vance Edmondson will run the team in his place. Tom Brannan is 257-120 in his 14th year at Marshall.

Probable starting lineups — For West Vigo, 6-4 junior Bryan Chestnut and 6-0 junior Cogan Keith at forwards, 6-4 senior Mike Beal at center, 6-0 sophomore Drew Aff and 6-1 senior Morgan Coombs or 6-0 senior Jon Cooper at guards.

For Marshall, 6-2 freshman Logan Eitel at forward, 6-4 senior Derek Eitel at center, 5-7 senior Joey O’Rourke, 6-2 freshman Lucas Eitel and 5-9 junior Chase Boyer at guards.

Key reserves — For West Vigo, 6-0 freshman Jeremy Lucas, 6-2 senior Gilberto Neto, 6-5 senior Craig Deighton. Cameron Fagg, a 5-8 freshman, is injured and will miss the game.

For Marshall, 6-0 sophomore Alex Bullock, 6-0 sophomore Travis Johnson, 5-8 junior Shane Kannamacher.

Team leaders — For West Vigo, Chestnut is averaging 12.5 ppg. For Marshall, Derek Eitel is tallying about 16 ppg.

Recent games — Last Saturday, West Vigo lost at home to Northview 57-49. On Tuesday, Marshall won at Oblong 64-40.

Last meeting — In January 2005, West Vigo lost at home to Marshall 53-51 on a late layup by Derek Eitel.

Coaches’ quotes — Thornton on his own squad: “We’re at a point where we’re playing hard. With better free-throw shooting, we would have won that game [against Northview]… We’ve had a good week of practice. I’m not worried about a thing.”

Thornton on the Lions: “They’re a good team. They’re gutsy. They always have been. From recent scouting reports, it seems like they’ve improved a lot [since early in the season]. We’ll have to make sure we hit our free throws and not turn the ball over or they’ll make us pay.”

Brannan on his squad: “We’re improving as a team. We’re somewhat young and inexperienced, but we’re starting to play better ball. Our one weakness would be consistency. We’ll play at a high level during a game, then we’ll have a spell for a few minutes where we don’t play so well.”

Brannan on the Vikings: “I just know from scouting them a couple times it seems like they’re a typical West Vigo team — scrappy, plays very hard. We’re expecting them to bring everything they have. This has developed into a pretty good Indiana-Illinois rivalry. Some of these kids only live about a mile or so apart from each other.”

— Compiled by sports reporter David Hughes

Terre Haute North at Indpls North Central

Evansville Reitz at Terre Haute North

The action — Terre Haute North’s Patriots (12-4, 1-2 in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) travel to Class 4A No. 2-ranked Indianapolis North Central Panthers (13-3, 3-1) in a MIC game tonight. North returns home to oppose the Evansville Reitz Panthers (6-8 prior to tonight’s home game with 4A’s fifth-ranked Jeffersonville) in a non-conference game on Saturday.

The time — Tipoff is approximately 7:30 p.m. tonight, 8 on Saturday.

The airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled for tonight. WBOW-AM 1300 will broadcast Saturday’s game with a 7:45 p.m. pregame show.

The coaches — Jim Jones is 340-148 in 21st year at North, 650-333 in 43rd overall. Doug Mitchell is 194-105 in 13th year at North Central. Michael Adams is 154-123 in 13th year at Reitz, 213-135 in 16th overall.

Probable starting lineups — For North: 6-5 junior Nate Blank and 6-5 senior Jason Gilmore at forward, 6-7 senior Steven Jeffers at center, 5-9 junior Matt Myers and 5-9 junior Shawn Stephens at guard.

For North Central: 6-1 senior Brandon Malone and 6-4 senior Darryl Finkton at forward, 6-8 junior Adnan Hodzic at center, 6-4 senior Jordan Campbell and 6-4 junior Eric Gordon at guard.

For Reitz: 6-7 senior Arnie Juncker and 6-5 sophomore Damian Garrett at forward, 6-4 sophomore Kevin King at center, 5-11 sophomore Houston Hobbs and 5-11 sophomore Evan Whipkey at guard.

Key reserves — For North: 5-10 junior Johnny Mazeqie, 6-1 senior Justin Hall, 6-0 senior Scott Conner, 6-3 senior Dan Millington, 5-11 senior Jaden Brown.

For North Central: 6-2 senior Lajuan Barlow, 6-4 senior Justin Latimore, 6-2 junior Darquan McCain, 6-0 senior Jay Harmas (starter earlier in season returning from ankle surgery).

For Reitz: 6-2 sophomore Tyler Julian, 6-1 junior Darius Thomas, 6-3 junior Jamison Buck.

Team leaders — For North: Blank is averaging 15.5 ppg, Gilmore 13.1 ppg and Jeffers 9.4 ppg.

For North Central: Gordon (committed to University of Illinois) 25.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, Campbell (committed to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.) 10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.3 apg, Hodzic 9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 61 percent field goal percentage, Finkton 7.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 70 percent field goal percentage.

For Reitz: Garrett 17 ppg and 9 rpg, Juncker 14 ppg and 4 rpg, Whipkey 8 ppg, King 7 ppg, Hobbs 6 ppg.

Recent games — North defeated Terre Haute South 55-45 in Hulman Center on Jan. 27.

Since losing back-to-back games to 4A top-ranked Lawrence North, North Central has won road games at Muncie Central (69-43 on Jan. 21) and at MIC-rival Warren Central (68-46 on Jan. 28)

Reitz has lost four games in a row, losing narrowly in a pair of road games last week at 3A’s top-ranked Evansville Bosse (66-65 in overtime on Jan. 24) and Evansville Central (40-38 on Jan. 27).

Last meetings — North won 59-57 at home last season on Feb. 4, 2005, snapping a three-game North Central winning streak. Reitz defeated the visiting Patriots 57-48 on Feb. 5, 2005.

Coaches’ quotes — Jones on his Patriots: “North-South a little different breed of character. We got off to a good start, especially on the boards and that carried us through. We did have a lot of turnovers and that was disappointing. But, it’s a win and that was what we were trying to do.”

Jones on North Central: “They are ranked second and Gordon is one of the top underclassmen in the nation. It will be a monumental task. We’ve played well there in the past … but have to take care of the basketball and keep them in front of us. We have to play very well and they have to play down for us to be competitive.”

Jones on Reitz: “A very young, very competitive team. They are not deep but are a very sound team. Have a big front line. It should be a pretty even matchup.”

Mitchell on North Central: “I like the way we’re playing. I was impressed after our back-to-back losses to Lawrence North how well we regained our focus. Especially defensively in our last games on the road. We held Muncie Central to 22 percent from the field, the Warren Central shots 33 percent for the game. Both were road

MItchell on the Patriots: “Terre Haute North is well-coached and we know what to expect. The Blank kid lit us up the last two years … he has to be reckoned with.”

Adams on Reitz: “We play a tough schedule. With a lot of sophomores, we’ve taken ranked Bosse to the wire the last two times and lost at Central on road on a last-second shot. Mater Dei beat us two times, but we beat them in the [Evansville] Tournament. We’ve been in most of our games, but have not been able to finish the deal.”

Adams on the Patriots: “Obviously [North] has a lot of kids back. Coach Jones and his staff do a great job and have one of the best juniors [Blank] in the state.”

— Compiled by sports reporter Dennis Clark