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February 13, 2014

Logan boys travel to Kokomo

No. 10 Cass hosts Eastern tonight; Caston hosts Mac.

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.

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