by Jason Herd
For the Pharos-Tribune
Michael Lewis has won 48 games in his first three seasons as the Delphi boys basketball coach, including the Oracles’ 21st sectional championship last year.
Coming into Friday night’s contest against Caston, the Oracles were 4-3, losing two straight to Benton Central and Clinton Prairie. Caston entered the game trying to end a three-game skid, which began with a lopsided loss to Class 4A Logansport on Dec. 6 in the Cass County Tournament championship.
Delphi used a ferocious first-quarter outburst to jump on the Comets, en route to a decisive 51-38 victory, never trailing in the game.
Junior Brent Hawn torched the Comets, drilling six 3-pointers in the opening period, and scoring all of the Oracles’ 20 points.
Caston junior Dustin Offenberger hit three treys of his own in the quarter, which kept his team within striking distance. Brayton Jellison scored on an offensive rebound putback at the buzzer to draw the deficit to 22-11.
The fireworks subsided some in the second, but Hawn added to his spectacular performance with six more points, giving him 26 in the first half. Quentin Douglass’ steal and layup cut the lead to 13, which proved to be the first of only two field goals for the senior point guard in the game.
Hawn struck again with his seventh 3 of the half, giving Delphi a 31-15 lead at the end of the second period.
Junior Graham Rentschler began the third quarter with a 3, which was part of an 8-2 run that brought Caston within 10 at the 4:38 mark. Offenberger hit his fourth 3 in the run, scoring a team-high 15 points in the game.
But, key turnovers and a sputtering halfcourt attack seemed to doom any Comet comeback. Delphi senior Kolby Myer nailed a 3 in the corner to quell the revolt once and for all.
Delphi’s lead ballooned to 20 toward the end of the fourth, as Hawn poured in seven more points in the period. He ended the night with a game-high 35 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers.
The Comets’ offensive woes continued, as they shot just 33 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Douglass was hounded all night, and ended the night with just six points.
After outlasting Frontier last week in double-overtime for their sixth win of the season, the Caston Lady Comets came out flat against a young but aggressive Delphi team Friday.
Coming off of two consecutive wins against Lewis Cass and Faith Christian, the Lady Oracles used a 12-0 run during the first 11 minutes of the game to sink Caston, 43-18.
Mickayla Rans scored the first of only two field goals for Caston at the 1:50 mark of the third quarter.
Strong backcourt pressure applied by sophomore Dani Swayze and freshman Rylee Lane seemed to unravel Caston, which led to loads of turnovers. Delphi also used efficient ball movement, finding easy baskets for sophomores Myka Roth and Tatum Minier, who led the Oracles with 12 and 13 points respectively.
Roth shined on defense as well, holding Rans to just three points in the game. Anna Brown led Caston with eight points.