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January 18, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Penny passes Lozier

Logan sets for Richmond trip; Cass hosts Northwestern.

Not only did Antonio Penny complete an undefeated career going up against county opponents in Logansport’s win over Lewis Cass last Saturday night in boys basketball, he also took another step up Logan’s all-time scoring list.

Penny has passed Mark Lozier as Logan’s third all-time leading scorer in boys hoops. He has now scored 1,382 points for his career. Lozier, who went on to play at Michigan, scored 1,365 from 1973-76.

The Berries (8-5, 1-1 North Central Conference) also recorded a 24-point win over Marion last weekend. They can get back in the NCC race with a win at Richmond (10-5, 1-1) tonight. The Red Devils finished second to Muncie Central last year in the league standings.

“They’re playing well. Coach [Joe] Luce always has them ready to play,” Logan coach Mark Victor said.

The Red Devils swept Muncie Central and Gary Roosevelt last weekend. They also have a 17-point win over Lafayette Jeff and a 12-point loss to Huntington North this season.

Charles Hampton averages 14.1 points per game to lead the Red Devils. Sophomore point guard Joel Okafor is also in double figures at 10.6 ppg.

Penny, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard, is averaging 21.5 ppg this season. He’s been the NCC’s scoring leader in each of the last two seasons.

Logan’s all-time leading scorer is Caleb Springer, who scored 2,042 points from 1994-97. Springer is 33rd all time in state history. Next up on the Logan list is Danny Farrell, who scored 1,458 points from 1959-61.

Also the Berries, senior sharp-shooter Jayson Higgins is averaging 20 ppg in his first full varsity season. He missed the entire regular season last year after having shoulder surgery.

Bo Bullard adds 7.6 ppg for Logan.

W. Central (4-8, 1-2 MWC) at Pioneer (8-3, 2-0 MWC)

Pioneer dropped out of the top 10 in Class A with last weekend’s loss to Lewis Cass. But the Panthers have the 11th most votes in this week’s AP poll, and if they can get back to their winning ways they can be back in the rankings in no time.

They host West Central tonight in a key MWC game. The Trojans have struggled offensively in recent seasons, but Pioneer coach Pat Skaggs said they remain a dangerous opponent.

“They have always played us tough,” he said. “We need to make sure we don’t look at their record and make sure we’re ready to play. They have some athletic kids and play solid defense.”

When looking back of what went wrong against Cass, Skaggs said, “We obviously had a poor shooting game. Some of that credit goes to Lewis Cass. ... We didn’t do a great job of boxing out. I thought we got a little impatient on offense. Lewis Cass was the better team that night.

“Losing that game will help us get better for the end of February and it’s not the end of the world. We had an awesome crowd and great atmosphere. We battled back in the fourth quarter but unfortunately came up short.”

Pioneer travels to Carroll (6-5) on Saturday night.

“Carroll is a very dangerous team,” Skaggs said. “They really have a lot of size and some good, strong, athletic kids. It’s going to be a major test for us.”

Northwestern (4-5, 1-2 MIC) at Cass (6-4, 1-1 MIC)

The Kings had a four-game win streak snapped last Saturday night at Logansport, which has historically been a tough place for the Kings or any of the other three county schools to play at throughout the years.

The Kings will look to get back to their winning ways tonight against the Tigers in a key Mid-Indiana Conference game. Northwestern’s season has been highlighted by a series of close games and two- and three-overtime contests. For instance, the Tigers have two losses to Western this season by a total of three points.

The Kings turn around and host Delphi (9-2) on Saturday night. The Oracles have the 17th most votes in this week’s Class 2A poll.

Tri-County (6-5, 1-0 MWC) at Winamac (4-6, 0-1 MWC)

The Warriors, fresh off their big win at North Judson last weekend, host Tri-County for a key Midwest Conference game tonight.

The Cavaliers entered this season as a favorite to contend with Pioneer and Caston for the MWC title. They’re coming off a lopsided loss to Delphi at the White County Tournament following a win over Frontier. Their league win is against North White, while Winamac’s league loss was to Frontier.

Caston (9-4, 3-0 MWC) at N. White (5-7, 2-1 MWC), Sat

The Comets will try to remain unbeaten in league play when they travel to North White on Saturday night.

North White enters having won three of four, which includes two wins over Frontier. The Vikings’ league loss was a close game against Tri-County.

“They do a very good job of spreading the floor with their 4-on-1 offense,” Caston coach Ben Snyder said. “They have a lot of shooters. D.J. Buschman is one of the top shooters in the conference, and we have to guard him from anywhere inside 25 feet. Cole Ruemler can shoot the 3 and is a very good athlete. Their freshman guard, Luke Diener, can shoot the 3. Any of those three can score 20 on any given night. You can tell by their offensive averages that they can put up some points.”

The Comets have won five straight including a win over Rochester on Tuesday, when they jumped out to a big lead at halftime and were able to hold on.

“I thought we lost a little bit of that edge for some reason at halftime,” Snyder said. “We had different guys on the floor in the second half and Rochester played a very good 2-3 zone. It was the first team to play us a 2-3. It’s about getting your identity as a team. Last year our identity against the zone was Trevor Hoover attacking the middle of the zone and passing out to our shooters. This year our identity is different. It was good for us to see. It gives us something we definitely need to work on.”

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