The Lewis Cass boys basketball team hosts Western for a Hoosier Conference East Division game tonight.
The winner between the Kings (10-7, 0-3) and Panthers (12-5, 0-3) will play for seventh place in the league tournament next Friday, while the loser will play in the ninth-place game. The games will be at either Rensselaer or Benton Central.
The Kings have been up and down of late and coach Kyle Johnson is looking for more of the former and less of the latter as the regular season winds down. But it won’t be easy, as the Panthers enter having won nine of 10.
“They’re going to be very similar to what Oak Hill was. They’re extremely disciplined, they’re big, they’re strong, they’ve got some really good players,” Johnson said. “It’s a home game and we’ve got to do a better job protecting our home floor. We’re not doing a good job winning ballgames at home and that’s what we need to do for this team and this community. It’s a big conference game for us and it’s one we need to get.”
Easton Good is averaging 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4 apg and 2 spg for the Kings. Tyson Johnson adds 9 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 apg. Austin Holt adds 8.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Tyson Good adds 8 ppg and Gabe Eurit adds 6.5 ppg.
LOGAN (6-12, 1-5 NCC) AT ANDERSON (1-19, 0-7)
Anderson surprisingly enters with just win against Liberty Christian but has played a number of strong teams to competitive games.
“We can’t look at their record. Their record is very deceiving because they’re young,” Logan coach Drew Schauss said. “Battling them and handling their pressure and athleticism, but understanding go in there and dominate what you can dominate. If you can get open looks, get open looks, if you’re a rebounder, rebound. Do what you do best and I think we can come out of there with a win.”
The Berries are coming off their first win since the McCutcheon game with a win over Winamac on Tuesday.
Evan Hassett is averaging 13 ppg and 6 rpg for Logan. Malachi Pearson is averaging 12 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.5 apg. Noah Lange adds 11 ppg.
It’s a double weekend in NCC play for the Berries as they host Richmond (12-7, 4-2) on Saturday night.
N. JUDSON (9-9, 4-2 HNAC) AT CASTON (10-7, 3-2)
Caston and North Judson are two of four teams with two losses in league play going into tonight. LaVille sits in first place at 4-1 with games left against Triton and Caston. Caston can still win at least a share of the HNAC title with wins over Judson and LaVille.
The Bluejays are led by Cooper Hochstedler, who is averaging 24 ppg and 10 rpg.
“Cooper Hochstedler is a really well-rounded player and does a little bit of everything for them and obviously is a matchup nightmare for anybody,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “It’s going to take a team effort to make sure we limit him as much as we can and obviously they’re bringing a lot of athleticism and speed around him with their younger guys. We’re going to have to really do a good job in terms of our closeouts and knowing where their shooters are. They can really spread the floor with the shooters they have and their ability to get to the rim. It’s going to be a really good challenge for us and we’re really looking forward to the opportunity.”
Hunter Schanlaub is averaging 16.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg for Caston. Mike Rans adds 9.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4 apg. Joey Spin and Kade Zeider each add 6 ppg.
PIONEER (10-7, 3-2 HNAC) AT CULVER (1-16, 0-6)
Pioneer needs to beat Culver and Winamac and root for Triton or Caston to knock off LaVille in the league standings.
Logan Nusbaum is averaging 15 ppg for Pioneer. Gage Cripe adds 14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5 apg and 3 spg. Jacob Brown adds 9.5 ppg, Ezra Lewellen is at 7 ppg and 5 rpg and Addai Lewellen adds 5.5 ppg.
Pioneer hosts Maconaquah (5-10) on Saturday. The game has been moved to a 3 p.m. JV, 4:30 varsity start due to the girls basketball regional.
WINAMAC (7-12) AT N. WHITE (9-9)
The game originally scheduled for Thursday was snowed out and will be played Monday with a 6 p.m. JV/7:30 varsity start.