December 30, 2012

Berries all smiles after win

Two-week layoff doesn’t hurt Logan boys against Twin Lakes.

by Beau Wicker

— When Logansport’s boys basketball team was last seen in action, the Berries snapped a three-game skid with an impressive win at McCutcheon.

After a two-week layoff in between games, the Berries were able to pick up where they left off in a 56-48 win over Twin Lakes Saturday night in the Berry Bowl.

“We spread the ball well, moved the ball well, everybody got involved and we just took care of business,” said Logan forward Bo Bullard, who had eight points and four boards in the win.

Antonio Penny led the Berries (6-3) with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. He said the Berries have maintained a positive mindset which has helped in the back-to-back wins.

“We just talked about before the game coming out and having fun. We’ve been hanging our heads after missed shots and stuff like that. Everybody came out and played their role, everyone was smiling on the court. To be out there having fun with your teammates, that’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s the start of a streak. We’ve got a couple of non-conference games [next weekend] to build us up for conference games.”

The Berries always seem to play well against Twin Lakes (4-4) in recent years, as it was their fifth win in a row against the Indians.

“We’re going to move the date,” Twin Lakes coach Kent Adams joked.

Jayson Higgins had 17 points which included 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point land.

Higgins drilled one from NBA range early in the fourth quarter to give Logan a 45-35 lead, and his 3-ball with 4:55 remaining made it 48-37. He then scored on a layup after a long pass from Penny to give the Berries a 13-point lead, and they were able to hold on from there.

“Obviously the 3-point shooting by Higgins was something that our kids looked like they were totally surprised with and didn’t know that he could do that,” Adams said. “It was just really frustrating because that’s very unintelligent on our part. We worked this week on how to play that and what to do and weren’t tough enough. That’s the biggest disappointment from our standpoint. We played hard, we battled, we took it at them, we were physical. We outrebounded them by a wide margin (41-27) and just couldn’t make it pay off for us.”

Penny was also a difference-maker.

“Penny did a great job,” Adams said. “It’s probably the lowest point total he’s had in several games, and other kids stepped up a little bit.

“Our offense was just very weak. We’ve got two guys taking the majority of the shots and we just need to spread that out a little bit more. We need to get guys like Zach Diener more involved. Cody DeBoy has got to be more active and we need to get more out of him.”

Cameron Bennington led the Indians with 15 points, and Tyler Reddington had 12 points and seven boards. Diener had seven points and eight boards, and DeBoy added 10 rebounds.

The Indians shot just 38 percent from the field to Logan’s 44 percent. Logan was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, where Twin Lakes was 4 of 16.

Alex Emmerd, a 6-5, 230-pound junior, got the start for the Berries after very limited varsity time this year.

“He’s a big body in there and he just takes up a lot of room, a lot of space,” Logan coach Mark Victor said. “Especially with the post players we’ve been playing against, we’ve got some big ones coming up, so we just tried that a little bit and I thought he handled that really well.”

Andrew Wamsley added four points for Logan, and Nate Bullard chipped in two.

“I thought it was a great team win,” Victor said.

Logan hosts Western on Friday.