Pioneer’s boys basketball was defeated by North Judson 54-51 Friday night on the road.

The Panthers (2-3) had a chance to tie the game just before the final horn, but Tyler Miller’s 3-point attempt was off the mark.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Pioneer coach Pat Skaggs said. “It was a pretty good game to watch, but we still made some silly mistakes. But the guys played hard to the end, we’ve just got to continue to work on the little things.”

Miller led Pioneer with 14 points. Cory Hipsher scored 13 and Deven Lee added nine.

Kendall Hochstedler and Chandler Hochstedler led the Bluejays (2-2) with 13 and 13 points, respectively.

“They had a major size advantage on us,” Skaggs said. “To play up there against their size, I was definitely proud of our kids’ effort.”

Pioneer hosts Northwestern tonight.

Delphi 69, Clinton Prairie 49

Austin Hawn poured in 34 points to lead the Oracles to the win at home.

Hawn shot 13 of 19 from the field and 7 of 9 from 3-point land.

Kris Bender added nine points and Tanner Cripe scored six for Delphi (3-1).

Dane Mang led the Gophers (0-7) with 10 points.

Delphi jumped out to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and 45-18 lead at halftime. Clinton Prairie got it to within 49-38 after three quarters before the Oracles once again pulled away.

Delphi hosts Tri-County tonight.

No. 8 Peru 62, Eastern 28

If the Eastern boys basketball team could have put together four quarters similar to its first period at Class 3A No. 8-ranked Peru, the Tig-Arena crowd would most likely have filled the exits amid murmurs of a close contest.

Instead, the Comets fell silent over the game’s final 24 minutes and saw a competitive Mid-Indiana Conference tilt turn into a 34-point Bengal Tiger rout. Eastern trailed 31-19 at intermission, but managed only three points in the third quarter and nine markers altogether in the second half.

In the opening stanza, Eastern (2-3, 0-2 MIC) was the aggressor. Employing a swarming 2-3 zone, the Comets had Peru on its heels through the first four minutes and eventually trailed 14-10 at the first stop.

The Bengal Tigers (5-1, 1-0 MIC) went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter, a 7-0 string to begin the second half and a 15-0 clip to start the final chapter. The final spurt pushed Peru to its largest lead, 38, midway through quarter four.

“[Eastern’s] matchup zone stymied us for a little bit early on,” said Peru coach Eric Thompson. “Shots weren’t falling, although we had good looks. We showed good patience and got some scores, then made some adjustments at halftime on defense.”

Wes Zimmerman led Peru with 15 points and Danny Comerford chipped in 14 tallies. Peru faces Whitko in the Miami County Tournament on Dec. 29.

— Derek Fisher

Northwestern 68, Maconaquah 54

Having dropped its last three games and smarting from a 0-2 Mid-Indiana Conference mark, Northwestern’s boys basketball team desperately needed a win Friday night to get back on track.

The 1-2 punch of center Jared Treadway and point guard Kylan Dubbels made sure the Tigers got that win, leading Northwestern past visiting Maconaquah.

Treadway finished with a career high in points (21) and rebounds (13) as Northwestern improved to 2-3 overall while notching its first conference win. Dubbels complemented Treadway’s double-double with 16 points — 12 of those coming in the first quarter as the Tigers sprinted to a 24-9 lead.

Despite looking up at a 15-point deficit after just eight minutes, Maconaquah attempted to claw back in the second quarter, getting to within five, 28-23, on a Nick George 3-pointer with 3:40 to play in the half.

George scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the frame, but an 8-2 Northwestern run to close out the half made it 36-25 at intermission. The Braves got no closer than nine down the rest of the night.

Curtis Hyde finished behind George with 15 points for the Braves, and David Carter chipped in 12.

— Mark Saluke

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