KOKOMO — Lewis Cass’ boys basketball team made its debut as a Class 2A Top 10 team Tuesday and promptly found itself in a dogfight.
Owen Ohman hit a corner 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining to break a 58-all tie and No. 10 Cass went on to beat Northwestern 69-64 in a Mid-Indiana Conference game.
“We cracked into the Top 10 in the AP poll this week and that puts a big bull’s-eye on your back when that happens so we’re going to get everybody’s best shot for the rest of the way out,” Cass coach Jon Kitchel said. “We did a great job there at the end to finish the game.”
Ohman finished with 13 points. The junior guard was perfect from the field — 5 of 5 overall and 3 of 3 from 3-land.
“Owen Ohman was just huge for us. ... That one he hit there toward the end just was a back-breaker,” Kitchel said. “He’s had some games this season where he’s hit big shots like that. That’s probably the biggest one of his career. It was for this season, for sure.”
Austin Keisling had a big game as well for the Kings. He scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed five rebounds and assisted on Ohman’s go-ahead 3-pointer.
The Kings improved to 12-2 overall (4-1 MIC) following their 10th straight win. They already have topped their win totals from the previous five seasons.
Northwestern (6-7, 2-2 MIC) gave Cass fits with 63 percent shooting from the field overall and 58 percent shooting from 3-land. But the Tigers’ upset bid was spoiled by 21 turnovers — including 12 in the second half.
“Probably the story of the game is the turnovers,” Northwestern coach Jim Gish said. “Twenty-one possessions, we don’t get a shot. We’re shooting the ball at a nice clip. We got our percentage up shooting the ball, which is something we really focused on [Monday], but then we didn’t get enough shots because of our turnovers.