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February 27, 2014

South boys fall to Southport, finish regular season 8-14

INDIANAPOLIS — Terre Haute South got an up-close look Thursday night at what a Conference Indiana championship boys basketball team looks like. And Southport is big and quick.

Southport, led by 6-foot-10 sophomore Joey Brunk and junior guard Malik Bennett overpowered South’s Braves 61-49 at Southport Fieldhouse. Brunk had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Bennett scored 21 points.

South finished its regular season 8-14 and will play Martinsville on March 5 in the sectional.

South was led by Timmy Herrin, Chase Mahurin and Josiah Wallace with seven points each.

It was a physical, foul-filled game from beginning to end. The Braves were whistled for 26 fouls and the Cardinals for 16. Southport was in the bonus with 1:09 left to play in the first quarter.

“I’m proud of our effort. There is nothing we can do about 6-10 [Brunk]. They were doing the best they could on him,” South coach Scott Ridge said of the Braves.

South’s Herrin scored the first points of the game, but the Cardinals answered with a 7-0 run and never trailed again. Southport led 13-7 after one quarter.

South got a lift off the bench from Chase Mahurin in the second quarter, Josiah Wallace in the third Matt Deady in the fourth. Mahurin scored all seven of his points in the second period, Wallace netted six in the third and one in the fourth and Deady six in the fourth.

“Those three guys came up from the JV and gave us a spark. All three have been playing great on the JV and earned that playing time,” Ridge said.

South was in the game, trailing 29-23 at halftime, got within four, 29-25, on two Herrin free throws to open the second half, but that was as close as the Braves got.

Southport extended its lead to 46-33 in the third quarter and led by 20 midway through the fourth quarter.

South will now focus on playing Martinsville in the sectional.

“We’re looking forward to the tournament,” Ridge said.

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