February 14, 2014

Cass rocks Eastern for 11th straight win

By Kenny Hetzler
For the Pharos-Tribune

---- — WALTON — Class 2A No. 10-ranked Lewis Cass pounded Mid-Indiana Conference foe Eastern 82-54 in boys basketball action Thursday.

It was Cass’ 11th straight victory, and the Kings improved to 5-1 in the conference. They are tied with Western for second place behind league leader Hamilton Heights.

Owen Ohman led Cass with 18 points. Ryan Bixler added 15. Austin Keisling had 13 and Blake Hadley and Jacob Martin each had 11.

“We had five guys in double figures,” Cass coach Jon Kitchel said. “If we have five guys in double figures, then I like our chances of winning the ball game.”

Cass (13-2) and Eastern (2-11, 1-3 MIC) were close for the first four minutes of the game, but the Kings went on a 10-0 run to take a 20-8 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with Cass up 22-10.

“Our full-court defense was able to turn the ball over,” Kitchel said. “We got some things that we need to work on our half-court defense and transition defense. Our half-court, they were running a wheel route as they were coming across the middle, and we were trailing them. They got to the bucket several times [early] in the first quarter. We made some adjustments in the second half and we did much better.”

Hadley had the hot hand in the first quarter for Cass with nine points.

In the second quarter, Cass outscored Eastern 20-6 for a 42-16 halftime lead. Martin led the scoring outbreak with eight points.

After halftime, Eastern tried to make a game of it by keeping up with Cass, but the Kings outscored the Comets 22-17 in the third quarter for a 64-33 lead.

“Our kids in the second half were focused,” Eastern coach Mike Springer said. “I told them at halftime to play it like it was 0-0 and they did. We really moved the ball offensively in the second half, and I was proud of that. Our kids didn’t back down, and Cass has a real good team. They were hitting on all cylinders in the first half.”

The fourth quarter was the same for the Comets. Eastern outscored Cass 21-18 for the final to be 82-54 in the Kings favor.

Jacob Kinder led Eastern with 17 points. Braden Gibson, Tristen Moyers and Braden Evans each had nine points.