Pat Skaggs had his Logansport squad prepared for a 32-minute battle against Harrison Tuesday night in the Berry Bowl.
The Berries grinded out a 74-63 win over the Raiders, a possible sectional opponent and future North Central Conference opponent.
“It was an ugly win, but really if we play them four or five times it’s going to be the same type of game every time,” Skaggs said. “They’re a very physical, aggressive team and we knew it was going to be a knock-down, drag-out ahead of time and that’s what it turned out to be.”
The Berries (10-5) entered as the fourth highest scoring team in Class 4A and went two points over their season average in the win. They had four players in double figures, led by freshman Matt Jennings’ 22 points. Carter Skaggs had 16, Travis Palmer scored 13 and Alex Brink added 10. Andrew Wamsley chipped in six and A.J. Smith added five.
“I thought that was huge for Palmer and Brink to combine for 23 points,” Pat Skaggs said. “You know what, Matt, A.J., Carter and Wamsley sometimes attract a lot of attention, and I thought Brink and Palmer recognized what was there and did a good job of taking the ball to the basket and shooting a high-percentage shot.”
The Berries started strong, jumping out to a 13-2 start in the first six minutes of the game. They led 20-11 after one quarter, 36-23 at halftime and 48-34 after three.
Harrison coach Mark Rinehart looked to his squad’s poor start to the game as a reason for the loss. The Raiders made just 1 of 6 shots and had two turnovers in the first six minutes in falling in the quick 13-2 hole.
“The game’s pretty simple. They’re very good offensively and we put ourselves in a 13-2 hole and that’s the difference in the game,” Rinehart said. “Basketball is a game of runs and we could have come back, but you put a good offensive team on a 10-point cushion and all their shots get a little bit easier and their confidence gets better and we flat out didn’t do a good enough job of guarding the ball. And you can’t turn it over 21 times.”