News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 11, 2014

Linton's double-overtime win over WRV highlight of Greene County Invitational

Andy Amey
The Tribune-Star

SWITZ CITY — Three of the four opening-round high school basketball games in the Greene County Invitational featured teams with winning records against teams with losing records, and those went as expected when they were finally played on Saturday at White River Valley.

But the tournament opener between two winning teams proved to be a classic, a 58-56, double-overtime thriller in which Linton overcame the host Wolverines, and Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinals should be more of the same. Linton meets Eastern Greene, a 68-55 winner over North Central, while Bloomfield and Clay City play each other after the Cardinals ousted Union 61-42 and the Eels held off Shakamak 55-41.

No consolation-bracket games will be played in the tournament that was originally scheduled to start Tuesday. The third-place and championship games are this coming Tuesday.

The beauty of the Greene County Invitational is the familiarity its teams and coaches have with each other, and White River Valley proved that by playing the Miners better than most of Linton’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic opponents did a couple of weeks ago.

“We know all their stuff and they know all our stuff,” coach Joey Hart of the Miners summarized after Saturday’s opener.

With their 3-point shooting on fire early, the Wolverines had a quick 8-3, let the Miners get closer, then went on a 14-4 run to take an 11-point lead at 25-14 late in the second quarter.

The margin was still 11 when Linton center Zach Riddell hit a 3-pointer to close out the first half, and that started a 13-0 run for the Miners. After that were four ties and three lead changes in the third period, a tie and six lead changes in the fourth and enough scrambles, loose balls and missed free throws in the final seconds of regulation time to keep the fans enthralled.

White River Valley twice matched Linton baskets in the first extra session, then got the first three points of the second overtime — although missing half of six free throw attempts to do so. Ryan Woodward got two baskets in a row for Linton, putting the Miners ahead to stay with 28 seconds to play.

Woodward and Bryant Jackson had 14 points each and Riddell 13 for the Miners, who also got eight rebounds and eight assists from Joe Dieball. Trey Gamble scored 17, Michael Fisher 14 and Justin Barnett had 10 rebounds for WRV.



WHITE RIVER VALLEY (56) — Barnett 1-6 2-2 4, Koenig 3-4 1-1 7, Cornelius 1-4 4-6 7, Fisher 4-14 3-5 14, Gamble 6-14 3-8 17, Gregory 2-2 1-2 5, Myers 0-1 0-0 0, Carpenter 1-1 0-0 2, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, English 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 FG, 14-24 FT, 56 TP.

LINTON (58) — B.Jackson 4-8 3-7 14, Jos.Dieball 2-4 0-0 4, Riddell 4-9 3-6 13, Woodward 5-12 2-4 14, JoeDieball 2-6 2-2 6, Eaton 2-2 1-2 5, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Witty 0-0 0-0 0, P.Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 FG, 11-21 FT, 58 TP.

White River Valley    13    15    8    13    4    3    —    56

Linton    11    9    17    12    4    5    —    58

3-point shooting — WRV 6-16 (Fisher 3-8, Gamble 2-4, Cornelius 1-3, Myers 0-1), Linton 7-15 (B.Jackson 3-4, Woodward 2-3, Riddell 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Joe Dieball 0-2). Total fouls — WRV 15, Linton 16. Fouled out — Riddell. Turnovers — WRV 16, Linton 14. Rebounds — WRV 41 (Barnett 10, Fisher 8, Koenig 7), Linton 30 (Joe Dieball 8, Riddell 6, B.Jackson 6, Jos.Dieball 5). Assists — WRV 10 (Fisher 4), Linton 15 (Joe Dieball 8). Steals — WRV 7 (Barnett 2, Koenig 2, Gregory 2), Linton 8 (Jos.Dieball 3). Blocks — WRV 1 (Barnett), Linton 4 (Joe Dieball 2). Technical foul — Barnett.



• Eastern Greene 68, North Central 55 — After a 67-42 loss earlier this season, North Central was out for revenge in the battle of Thunderbirds and stayed close through six third-quarter lead changes.

Eastern had a 9-3 run to end the period, however, widening a one-point lead to 44-37, and built a lead as big as 18 points down the stretch.

“I’m happier with how we competed,” coach Ryan Kamman of North Central said.

Briar Martindale had 23 points, Trevor Yoho 15 and Cam Creager 12 for Eastern. Andrew Nikirk had 20 points and Mitchell Peterson 10 for North Central.



EASTERN GREENE (68) — Yoho 4-7 7-8 15, Chitwood 0-1 2-2 2, Martindale 9-13 1-3 23, Creager 4-11 3-6 12, Sego 0-6 1-2 1, Brough 2-3 2-4 7, Graham 2-3 4-4 8, Roberts 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 FG, 20-29 FT, 68 TP.

NORTH CENTRAL (55) — Nikirk 8-14 2-5 20, Stucker 3-8 0-1 8, L.Drake 0-0 0-2 0, Stanifer 2-6 2-2 6, Jewell 1-6 3-7 5, Greene 3-4 0-0 6, Peterson 4-5 2-2 10, P.Drake 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-43 FG, 9-20 FT, 55 TP.

Eastern Greene    16    9    19    24    —    68

North Central    9    13    15    18    —    55

3-point shooting — EG 6-16 (Martindale 4-7, Brough 1-1, Creager 1-5, Graham 0-1, Sego 0-2), NC 4-12 (Nikirk 2-3, Stucker 2-4, Stanifer 0-1, Jewell 0-4). Total fouls — EG 20, NC 26. Fouled out — L.Drake, Stucker, Peterson. Turnovers — EG 10, NC 18. Rebounds — EG 30 (Yoho 8), NC 35 (Greene 9, Nikirk 7). Assists — EG 14 (Sego 7, Yoho 4), NC 10 (Nikirk 2, Stanifer 2, Jewell 2). Steals — EG 9 (Martindale 3), NC 5 (Jewell 3). Blocks — EG 3 (Yoho, Creager, Brough), NC 1 (Greene).



• Bloomfield 61, Union 42 — Using a high-low post offense with 6-foot-4 Ian Hamburg feeding 6-7 Austin Robertson, the Bulldogs led 19-18 after the first basket of the second quarter.

By halftime, however, Robertson and Hamburg had combined for seven fouls, and despite stellar work from Trey Bedwell the Bulldogs weren’t able to keep up the rest of the way.

Chris Gilmore came off the bench to lead Bloomfield with 15 points, while 6-6 Brandon Van Sant had 14, Kyle Robinson 11 and Jared Myers 10. Bedwell led all scorers with 17 points for Union.



BLOOMFIELD (61) — Robinson 4-6 3-4 11, Combs 3-6 0-1 6, Van Sant 6-13 1-1 14, Dowden 17 3-4 5, Myers 3-5 2-4 10, Gilmore 6-7 2-4 15, Bond 0-0 0-0 0, Burch 0-2 0-0 0, Vandeventer 0-0 0-0 0, Z.Skinner 0-0 0-0 0, McKinney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 FG, 11-19 FT, 61 TP.

UNION (42) — Hamburg 2-3 2-2 6, Lovelace 0-2 1-2 1, Robertson 4-7 0-0 8, Bedwell 5-12 5-6 17, Smith 2-4 2-2 7, Maze 1-4 0-0 3, Gaines 0-3 0-0 0, Figg 0-2 0-0 0, Kendall 0-0 0-0 0, Talley 0-0 0-0 0, R.Mesey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-37 FG, 10-12 FT, 42 TP.

Bloomfield    18    22    12    9    —    61

Union    17    8    7    10    —    42

3-point shooting — Bloomfield 4-10 (Myers 2-3, Gilmore 1-2, Van Sant 1-4, Combs 0-1), Union 4-11 (Bedwell 2-4, Maze 1-2, Smith 1-3, Gaines 0-1, Figg 0-1). Total fouls — Bloomfield 13, Union 17. Fouled out — Hamburg. Turnovers — Bloomfield 8, Union 17. Rebounds — Bloomfield 29 (Dowden 7), Union 27 (Robertson 6, Maze 5). Assists — Bloomfield 16 (Dowden 5, Myers 4), Union 11 (Hamburg 4). Steals — Bloomfield 9 (Dowden 4), Union 3 (Bedwell, Smith, Gaines). Blocks — Bloomfield 4 (Combs 2), Union 2 (Robertson, Talley).



• Clay City 55, Shakamak 41 — The Lakers made shots early, taking a 12-8 lead, but then the Eels went on a 17-2 run that threatened to put the game away late in the second quarter.

Clay City didn’t get a field goal in the third quarter and just four in the second half, however, and Shakamak got as close as 32-30. It was still 34-31 when reserve Kurtis Yocom broke the field-goal drought with a 3-pointer — the Eels’ only one in the game — and momentum was back on Clay City’s side.

“I’ve got faith in all my guys to shoot the ball,” coach Vance Edmondson of Clay City said after admitting he’d been doubtful when Yocom’s shot went up. “I don’t know if we’ve had a bigger shot this year.”

“We had some positives,” said coach Steve Brett of Shakamak. “We finally got to the point where we could get some stops on defense … [Clay City is] a good basketball team and we hung with them a little bit.”

  Clay City’s balanced attack included 11 points by Easton Booe, 10 each by Trevor Singer and Evan Rogers and nine from Logan Cesinger. Brandon Morin had game-high totals of 17 points and 13 rebounds for Shakamak.



SHAKAMAK (41) — Morin 5-10 7-13 17, Walters 1-10 0-2 3, Bessling 2-2 1-2 5, Collins 1-5 0-0 3, West 2-8 0-0 4, Green 2-5 5-6 9, Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Terrell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 FG, 13-23 FT, 41 TP.

CLAY CITY (55) — Cesinger 1-5 7-8 9, Singer 3-11 4-6 10, Miller 2-4 1-4 5, Booe 4-5 3-4 11, Rogers 2-5 6-7 10, Yocom 1-2 0-0 3, Denker 1-4 4-4 6, Myers 0-1 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 14-37 FG, 26-35 FT, 55 TP.

Shakamak    12    7    10    12    —    41

Clay City    13    14    5    23    —    55

3-point shooting — Shakamak 2-16 (Collins 1-4, Walters 1-10, West 0-2), CC 1-8 (Yocom 1-1, Cesinger 0-1, Myers 0-1, Rogers 0-2, Singer 0-3). Total fouls — Shakamak 20, CC 20. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Shakamak 18, CC 13. Rebounds — Shakamak 35 (MOrin 13), CC 36 (Singer 8). Assists — Shakamak 8 (Collins 3), CC 8 (Cesinger 2, Booe 2, Denker 2). Steals — Shakamak 5 (Collins 2, West 2), CC 12 (Singer 3, Rogers 3). Blocks — Shakamak 1 (Collins), CC 4 (Rogers 2).

Next — In semifinal games Monday, Linton (6-2) meets Eastern Greene (6-2) at 6 p.m., followed by Bloomfield (6-3) vs. Clay City (6-3). White River Valley (4-3) hosts North Knox next Saturday, North Central (1-5) hosts Eminence on Friday, Union (1-6) hosts Evansville Day next Saturday and Shakamak (2-7) plays at North Daviess on Friday.