Logansport’s boys basketball team finally snapped a 14-game losing streak against Muncie Central last weekend.
It was the Berries’ longest ever losing streak against a North Central Conference rival.
The Berries (9-4, 1-3 NCC) travel to Kokomo (10-6, 2-2) tonight to face another perennial NCC power in the Wildkats. The Berries are searching for their first win over Kokomo since 2007.
The Wildkats opened the season ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A. But they played the first half of the season without Indiana All-Star candidate Tayler Persons, a Northern Kentucky recruit.
Persons suffered a torn ACL injury this fall playing football. But he has come back remarkably strong from the injury. The 6-2 guard has averaged 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in leading the Kats to four straight wins over Anderson, Harrison, Huntington North and Lebanon.
Erik Bowen (14.2 ppg), Mykal Cox (11.8) and Demarius Warren (10.7) also average in double figures for Kokomo, which has won five in a row and eight of nine. Bowen is a 6-6 senior and Warren is a 6-5 senior.
Logan’s 21-point margin of victory over Muncie Friday was its largest over the Bearcats since a 78-50 beatdown in December 1965 in the old Berry Bowl.
It was the Berries’ first win over the Bearcats since the 1998-99 season at the Muncie Fieldhouse, a 63-59 Logan win. Keith Richie was the coach of the Berries then. Ryan Osborn led four Berries in double figures with 17 points. Brandon Richie scored 15, Nathan Easley scored 11 and Scott Gotshall had 10 points and eight rebounds. Michael Burger had a game-winning steal in the closing seconds.
It was the Berries’ first win over the Bearcats in the Berry Bowl since the 1995-96 season, a 61-56 win in overtime. The Bearcats regrouped the following week with a win over Milan. Dave Springer was the Berries’ coach back then. Caleb Springer had 27 points, Wes Sullivan scored 11 and Lance Berry chipped in seven in the win.
Two years ago the Muncie game was played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Super Ball Invitational. Muncie, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A at the time, held on for a 56-53 win.
On Friday, freshman Matt Jennings had a 15-point third quarter en route to a game-high 24 in the Berries’ 75-54 win. Backcourt mate A.J. Smith added 22, and Carter Skaggs poured in 16.
Eastern (2-10, 1-2 MIC)at Cass (12-2, 4-1 MIC)
The Kings have cracked into the top 10 in Class 2A in this week’s AP poll. They have won 10 straight after Tuesday’s 69-64 win at Northwestern.
The Kings are facing an Eastern squad with just two wins on the season against Clinton Central and Taylor. The Comets have lost three straight but they were close decisions to Tipton, Elwood and Oak Hill.
Cass travels to Wabash (5-8) on Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. varsity tipoff. The Apaches, a possible sectional opponent, have lost three straight to Southwood, Tippecanoe Valley and Frontier. The Apaches have wins over Oak Hill, Peru, Manchester and Northfield this season.
Winamac (5-7, 1-0 MWC)at N. White (8-6, 2-2 MWC)
The Warriors will look to remain the lone MWC team to be unbeaten team in conference play.
They’re facing a North White team that has won three straight and four of five. Luke Diener returned from a broken leg injury in football to score 21 points in a 61-58 win at Pioneer on Friday.
The Warriors let a halftime lead slip away Monday in a loss to Argos after nearly pulling off an upset of Cass Saturday.
The Warriors host South Newton (2-9, 2-3 MWC) for a 2 p.m. varsity tip on Saturday. The Rebels are coming off a 43-39 upset of Tri-County last Friday to hand the Cavaliers their first league loss of the year.
Maconaquah (4-9)at Caston (9-7)
The Comets are coming off a loss at Argos in which they let a close game get away from them in the fourth quarter.
Maconaquah lost a close game at Western Tuesday, 74-67. The Braves defeated Tri-Central by 14 on Saturday.
Caston hosts North White for a 1:30 p.m. varsity tip on Saturday for a key league game.
Pioneer (1-13, 0-4 MWC)at W. Central (4-9, 2-3), Sat.
The MWC game has been moved to Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.
Pioneer is coming off back-to-back close losses to North White and Carroll. The Panthers’ game against Maconaquah originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Feb. 27.
West Central has lost four straight including league losses to Caston, Winamac and Tri-County. The Trojans have league wins over Frontier and South Newton.