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January 4, 2014

North struggles against defensive-minded Indy North Central

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Doug Mitchell isn’t blessed with the most imposing Indianapolis North Central high school basketball team he’s ever had, but there is one thing the 2013-14 Panthers do well.

Visiting Terre Haute North witnessed North Central’s defensive prowess in devastating fashion Saturday afternoon, giving up a 26-2 run early in the first half and falling 90-41 in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference play.

If it turns out to be the last trip to North 86th Street for awhile for the Patriots, who will join Conference Indiana next season, this one won’t leave fond memories.

North actually had the early lead. Although Eron Gordon went to the basket for a layup six seconds into the game, the Panthers didn’t score for the next three minutes.

North tied the game almost immediately when C.J. Brown got the ball to Kobi Riley for a layup and the Patriots pounded the boards to take a 4-2 lead on a putback by Riley at 5:35. When the burly Patriot center added a 3-pointer moments later, it was 7-2 in favor of the visitors.

Michael Loggan stopped North’s streak with a layup and Jordan Walker scored twice in a row to give the Panthers the lead. Then the home team turned up the heat.

A free throw by freshman star-in-the-making Kris Wilkes and a 3-pointer by Gordon made it 12-7 and North Central stole the ball to set up layups twice in a row. Keshaun Sandifer closed out the quarter with a basket for North, but the Patriots trailed 16-9.

Then the heat turned up even more. The Panthers scored 12 points in the first two minutes of the second quarter to go up 28-9. It was soon 38-12, then 50-18 before a 3-pointer by Braxton Poore closed out the half.

Riley led the Patriots with 11 points, while the very balanced North Central squad got 15, 13, 13 and 13 respectively from Jeff Harris, Walker, Loggan and Gordon and 12 more from Wilkes.

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