TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute North at Indianapolis North Central
The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (5-5 overall, 0-1 MIC) will visit the Indianapolis North Central Panthers (2-4, 0-2) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
The time — Varsity tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.
The airwaves — No broadcasts locally.
The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 80-54 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North, while Doug Mitchell is 346-143 in his 21st season at North Central.
Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima at guards.
For North Central, 6-5 senior Michael Loggan and 6-4 sophomore Antonio Singleton at forwards, 5-9 junior Wes Stowers, 6-0 sophomore Jordan Walker and 6-3 sophomore Eron Gordon at guards.
Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver, 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.
For North Central, 5-7 sophomore K.J. Lesure, 5-10 senior Jeff Harris, 6-5 freshman Kris Wilkes, 6-2 sophomore Tyrie Johnson, 6-3 senior Philip Toles.
Team leaders — For Terre Haute North, Sandifer is tallying 11.9 points per game and Aimone is next at 11.4 ppg. For North Central, Gordon is averaging 19.5 ppg.
Injury report — For Terre Haute North and North Central, all regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — On Monday, Terre Haute North lost to Terre Haute South 58-48 in the championship game of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic in North’s gym. Last Saturday, North Central won at home over Warren Central 60-57 in the championship game of the Indianapolis North Central Holiday Tournament.
Last meeting — On Feb. 1, 2013, Terre Haute North lost at home to Indianapolis North Central 63-37.
Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “We feel like we’re taking steps in the right direction and showing improvement. We look forward to the challenge of playing one of the better teams in the state on the road and see where we stand.”
Woelfle on playing the Panthers: “Their record is very deceiving. They play a great schedule. Eron Gordon is one of the best players in the country for his class. His game is very similar to his brother Eric’s [currently in the NBA] at the this point in their careers.”
Mitchell on his squad: “We got off to what appeared to be a slow start [0-4]. But the combined record of those teams we played then was 22-1. … I think we’ve done a good job of bouncing back with two quality wins over East Chicago [Central] and Warren Central.”
Mitchell on playing the Patriots: “They’ve been up and down as well. They’ve got a couple guys who can really shoot the ball. They can stretch you out with their shooting. We’ll have to come ready to play. They’re well-coached.”