by Kenny Hetzler
For the Pharos-Tribune
BUNKER HILL —
Lewis Cass’ boys basketball team is on a hot streak.
The Kings whipped Mid-Indiana Conference rival Maconaquah 82-63 Friday night for their sixth straight win.
The Kings (8-2, 2-1 MIC) jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game en route to a 26-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Kings kept the pressure up in the second quarter, outscoring Maconaquah 20-5 for a 46-17 halftime lead.
Maconaquah (3-6, 0-3 MIC) had 13 turnovers in the first half. Cass had just four.
“We shot the lights out from the field,” Cass coach Jon Kitchel said. “We came right out and knocked 3s down, which took them right out of their zone. We were also effective against their man. When you come out with a 29-point halftime lead, you’re doing things right. We were getting it done on the defensive end.”
Cass shot 18 of 30 (60 percent) from the field in the first half. Maconaquah was 7 of 23 (30.4 percent).
Cass went on to lead 62-39 at the end of the quarter.
“On the offensive end, I was disappointed with the way we finished up,” Kitchel said. “When you have a 29-point lead at half, you don’t come out and pressure them. I felt like the guys let down. The game wasn’t really in jeopardy. It didn’t have a good feel the way that it ended. The rebounding was so good against Logansport, but was non-existent [Friday]. We’ve got some things to work on. Halfcourt defense didn’t look very good.”
Ryan Bixler led Cass with 20 points. Austin Keisling added 19 and Blake Hadley had 14.
K.J. Walton led Maconaquah with 13 points. Kyle Dinn added 11 and Adam Harts had nine.
“We only had two practices this week, but we spent the entire time going through Cass’ press,” Mac coach Andy Steele said. “For the most part, we handled it. We didn’t make smart decisions the in the first half where we had the guy open and we either overthrew him, or we threw it to someone who was covered. In the second half, we came out, and we saw where we needed to go, and we broke it pretty easily. We were able to put points on the board pretty quick.”