February 22, 2014

Berries’ comeback falls short against HN

Logansport’s boys basketball team almost had a big comeback win over Huntington North for senior night Friday.

The Berries nearly erased a 14-point deficit in the final 4:32 but never could catch all the way back up to the Vikings.

Huntington North held on for a 71-67 win in the North Central Conference finale for both squads.

With the win, Huntington (12-9, 2-4 NCC) finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings with Anderson and Muncie Central. Logan (10-6, 1-5) finished seventh. Class 4A No. 8 Richmond, which didn’t secure its win over Logan last month until the final minute, defeated Kokomo Friday to run the table in league play.

The Berries trailed the Vikings 61-48 with just over four minutes left in the game. Andrew Wamsley scored on an in-bounds play with 4:32 remaining to get the frantic comeback started.

Wamsley later scored on an assist by Matt Jennings following a free throw by Travis Palmer, and a Carter Skaggs basket cut the lead to 61-55 with 3:11 to go.

Platt answered with a basket to push the lead back up to eight, but Wamsley scored on a reverse layup to cut it back to 63-57.

Platt had a 3 go in and out, Wamsley came up with a block and A.J. Smith was fouled and hit both free throws to cut the lead to four. Following a traveling violation on HN, a Skaggs hook shot cut the lead to 63-61 with 1:40 to go.

The Vikings made four free throws in a row in the one-and-bonus to push the lead back up to six. Wamsley answered with a pair of free throws, and his score in the post with 45 seconds left cut it to 67-65.

Cody Adams made 1 of 2 free throws with :35 remaining to make it a three-point game. Skaggs answered with a nifty and-one basket with :21.5 left, but he missed the free throw and the score was 68-67.

Kyle Platt made 1 of 2 free throws with :17.1 left to make it a two-point game. The Berries called timeout with :11.6 to go. On the ensuing play, Jennings got a good but contested look close to the basket, and the shot just rolled off the backboard and rim. Kyle Platt rebounded and hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds left to seal the win for the Vikings.

“We had opportunities at the end, we just couldn’t finish a couple shots,” said Travis Palmer, one of three seniors honored on the night for the Berries. “Matt took a great shot, I don’t know how that thing didn’t fall. It was a good game.”

The Berries forced five turnovers in the final 4:32.

“I wish we would have played with the intensity we did in the fourth quarter,” Wamsley said. “It was a fun game. I wish we would have won it but we had chances.”

The Vikings shot lights out to build the commanding lead. They finished 11 of 21 from 3-point range and 18 of 21 from the foul line.

Caleb Landrum shot 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the Vikings. But he fouled out with 4:09 left in the game after Smith drew a charge on him for his fourth foul before he fouled Palmer about 70 feet from the basket for his fifth foul seconds later.

Konner Platt was 4 of 6 from 3 and had 18 points for HN. Kyle Platt was 11 of 12 from the foul line and had 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Berries forced 17 turnovers and committed just five, but they didn’t have a good shooting night. They finished 5 of 21 from 3-point range (23.8 percent) and 16 of 23 from the foul line (69.6 percent).

Skaggs led the Berries with 18 points, six boards and three steals. Wamsley had 13 points and five rebounds. Smith and Jennings each scored 12 points. Alex Brink had seven points and two steals, and Palmer added five points and five rebounds.

“You’ve got to give our guys credit for battling back,” Logan coach Pat Skaggs said. “We had a couple chances to tie it there in the last 30 seconds.

“We just waited too long to start playing, but you’ve got to give credit to Huntington. I thought they did a good job of spreading the floor out and moving the ball. They have several kids that can shoot, and they were pretty impressive.”

After a back and forth start to the game, Konner Platt drilled a 3 to end the first half to give the Vikings a 33-26 at halftime.

Landrum hit his fifth 3 of the game just a minute into the third quarter to give the Vikings a 38-26 lead. They led 52-39 after three.

Wamsley reflected on his senior season so far. He said this summer he was hoping for a 13-7 regular season, which at the time seemed pretty optimistic considering the Berries graduated about 98 percent of their scoring from a year ago and had a new coach coming in.

But the Berries still have a shot at 13 wins before the regular season concludes even with having South Bend Career Academy back out of a game last month. The Berries close with three games next week — at Western Tuesday, home against Winamac Thursday and at Rochester Friday.

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