If Logansport’s boys basketball team was bummed out by a loss to Anderson the night before, it sure didn’t show against McCutcheon Saturday night.
In fact the Berries came out firing on all cylinders and took it to the Mavericks by jumping out to a big lead early before pulling away late in a 74-55 win.
It was home sweet home indeed for the Berries (6-1) as they handed the Mavericks (5-1) their first loss of the season.
Andrew Wamsley was one of the stars of the game for the Berries with a career night of 23 points and 13 rebounds.
“Last night against Anderson I think we lost because we picked up the pace with them and we didn’t play our own game,” he said. “Tonight we made them slow down. In the first half they got most of their points in transition and we stopped them from playing transition basketball. We slowed down and hit our shots.”
Carter Skaggs hit all five of his 3-point attempts and finished with 21 points for Logansport. Jalen Adaway added 17 points and four blocks. Alex Brink chipped in seven points.
The beginning of the game set the tone. The Berries jumped out to a 25-6 lead after one quarter. Skaggs made all four of his 3-point tries for 12 points and Wamsley had the other 13 for Logan.
Meanwhile the Mavericks made just 3 of 11 shots and had three turnovers to boot in the frame.
A jumper by Adaway gave Logan a 27-7 lead just nine minutes in.
McCutcheon was coming off a big win over county rival Harrison the night before and may have fell victim to the infamous letdown game.
“We played like crap,” McCutcheon coach Rick Peckinpaugh said. “Logansport wanted it more than we did. They came ready to play. They were making shots early on and we weren’t making any and got ourselves in a big hole early on. We just weren’t mentally ready to go.”
The Mavericks went to a box-and-one on Skaggs which threw the Berries off for awhile, and they began chipping away at the lead. They even got as close as 42-39 after a Tre’Shon Heard free throw with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
But Wamsley and Adaway led a 6-0 charge to end the quarter and the Berries took a 48-39 lead into the fourth.
Skaggs and Brink struck from deep to open the fourth, and a Matt Jennings 3-pointer gave Logan a 59-46 lead with 5:15 remaining.
Said Logan coach Pat Skaggs of the box-and-one: “That did bother us. Fortunately for us we finally had a couple guys step up and make a couple perimeter shots.”
Added Wamsley: “We just got the ball in the middle and started moving it on the baseline when they cut and just made layups and we made our free throws.”
The Berries were able to pull away down the stretch and led as much as 74-51 with 47 seconds left. They shot 15 of 18 from the foul line for the game.
In the Anderson game it was the Berries that fell in an early 20-point hole in their North Central Conference opener. They were too impatient on offense in that one according to Pat Skaggs.
“I thought tonight at least compared to last night we let the game come to us. We didn’t get ourselves in a big hurry and I thought we did a decent job of moving the ball and hitting the open man,” he said. “I think our guys grew up a little bit tonight and I thought we just played a little bit smarter. I thought we kind of let the game come to us instead of getting in such a big hurry.”
McCutcheon entered with the 17th most votes in Class 4A and is considered one of the favorites in the upcoming Kokomo Sectional along with Marion and Kokomo.
“Maybe we were a little overconfident, a little big-headed maybe,” Peckinpaugh said. “Sometimes this game of basketball will bring you back to earth real quick. You realize that next team will be ready for you and if you’re not ready it’s going to be a long night. That’s what happened tonight.”
Heard led the Mavs with 16 points. Nate Deno had 13 points which included three 3-pointers. Trevor Lockwood had 11 points, nine boards and three blocks. Darnell Butler added seven points.
“You and I both know that we’re not 19 points better than McCutcheon. Who knows if we’re 1 point better than them?” Pat Skaggs said. “But the bottom line was on any given night anybody can beat anybody. I’m just so proud of our guys for putting last night’s game behind them and coming out and being focused.”
Logan, which was without starting point guard A.J. Smith this weekend due to a sprained ankle, next hosts Lafayette Jeff on Jan. 3.