WALTON — A fast start propelled Lewis Cass to a win over Logansport in boys basketball on Saturday night.

The Kings jumped out to a 26-12 halftime lead and held on for a 52-37 win over the Berries.

The Kings (6-5) have now won four of their last five meetings with the Berries (2-11) in Walton.

Tyson Good had a hot start for the Kings, scoring 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first half. He cooled off in the second half, which left the door open for the Berries. But Logansport missed too many free throws and open shots to get any closer than eight points.

Eric Branz filled in for Kyle Johnson as Cass’ head coach for a second straight weekend due to family reasons. Johnson plans to return to the team this week. Branz said the Kings need to continue to work on finishing games better.

“I wish we would have executed a little bit better really the entire second half. We didn’t make some shots that we normally make,” he said. “I’ll have to look at the field goal percentage by quarter, but it definitely wasn’t good in the third. We’ve just got to continue working and eventually hopefully things get clicking late in ballgames for us because when we get into state tournament time that’s when games are won. You’ve got to make good decisions throughout the game and execute, not turn the ball over and hit free throws in the end.”

The Berries shot just 10 of 25 from the foul line (40%) for the game. They left 15 points on the board and lost by 15.

“We’ve got to make plays to win games,” Logan coach Sherron Wilkerson said. “I thought we had a decent game plan, I thought we gave ourselves a chance at the end, cut it to eight, had opportunities at the free throw line and couldn’t take advantage of it. I thought that killed our momentum. It’s really tough when you’re playing against a good team on the road.”

The Kings led as much as 30-12 early in the third quarter before the Berries ended the frame with a 9-1 run to get to within 31-21 after three. The Berries got it as close as 37-29 when Jacob Taylor hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4:28 remaining. But Good answered with a score. Luke Chambers later had three straight baskets that pushed the Kings’ lead to as much as 16.

Good finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Kings. Chambers had a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. LJ Hillis had seven points and three assists. Robert Fitch had six points and three assists. Tristin Miller added four points and three steals.

Good was coming off a 31-point game against Pioneer on Friday night and picked up where he left off on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 junior was 3 of 5 shooting from the field and made both his 3-pointers and was 5 of 6 from the foul en route to 13 first-half points. But he was held to 2 of 9 shooting in the second half and 0 of 3 from 3-point range. He did hit both his free throws.

“Some of the best shooters that are juniors and seniors in the state, they’re going to have time periods throughout a game where they don’t shoot well or whole games,” Branz said. “But what I like to tell him and these other guys is he did enough for us to get this win. He gave us 19 and it wasn’t just that. He did a lot better job of just being a leader on the floor for us and talking to guys, making sure he was positive. Defensively, I’m really proud of him again tonight just because the things we talked about this morning, just little details, he did a great job executing defensively what we talked about this morning.”

Caleb Crook had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Berries. Noah Lange scored eight points. Taylor had six points and nine boards. Izak Mock and Isaac Russell added four points and five boards apiece.

The Berries played better in the second half and gave themselves a chance.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’ve got to do a better job as a coach obviously,” Wilkerson said. “We’re 2-11. Somehow, some way I’ve got to figure out the right buttons to push. I thought that they tried, so that’s definitely a positive. So hopefully now we can build for 32 minutes.”

The Berries have a week off and will return to action on Jan. 28 when they host Marion. The Kings travel to Northwestern on Friday.

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