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Plenty of games on tap this weekend

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

With the girls basketball teams heading for the postseason, it's the boys that take the spotlight this weekend.

There's a slate of seven total games set for the two days.

On Friday four games, all in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference, take center stage as Clay City (9-7) travels to Shakamak (8-9), Eastern Greene (10-6) heads east to take on White River Valley (8-7), North Daviess (12-4) travels to Bloomfield (10-7) and the Union Bulldogs (0-17) meet up with Northeast School Corp. cousin North Central (5-10) at Farmersburg.

Eastern Greene's Logan Frye tries to fend off White River Valley's Cade Hill for possession of the basketball when the two teams met in the Greene County Invitational on Jan. 4. The Wolverines prevailed 58-52. Now the Thunderbirds look to extract a little revenge when the two teams meet on the same floor Friday night in regular season play. It's one of seven games this weekend. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Three games on Saturday find Eastern Greene hosting South Knox (2-13) for homecoming, Union visiting Riverton Parke (4-12) and White River Valley heading to Spencer for a battle with Owen Valley (7-8).

Friday's top matchup could well be the Eels and Lakers in Jasonville.

The two teams are separated by a game in the SWIAC standings with Shakamak even at 3-3 and Clay City 3-2.

Both teams come into the contest off of success earlier in the week. Shakamak won their third game in their last four tries when they defeated Ryan Kamman's North Central Thunderbirds 60-38 last Saturday.

Clay City bested the Wolverines of White River Valley by a 63-53 tally last Saturday night at Switz City.

Vance Edmondson's troops have had similar success as SHS coach Steve Brett's squads winning five of their last seven outings.

Offensively the Eels come into the game with a slight edge. They've outscored opponents 60.8 to 58.1 while Shakamak has been besting opponents by a 54.5 to 53.8 tally.

Brett's team also boasts the area's leading scorer in the form of Brodie Crowe. He's draining points at a 23.3 per game.

But he's not the only double-figure average in the lineup for Brett. It also includes forward Patrick Green who currently registering points at a 10.7 pace.

Friday's matchup between Eastern Greene and WRV showcases the area's second- and seventh-leading scorers as well as two teams who appear to be headed in similar directions at this critical stage in the campaign.

Eastern Greene's Tyler Brough leads Levi Carmichael's squad into the game scoring 20.6 per game. That's a pace that's equaled by only Linton-Stockton's duo of Austin Karazsia and Dess Fougerousse (both are at 20.6 ppg.) and Crowe.

Brough's efforts have helped the Thunderbirds to a 58.1 to 48.3 edge in scoring over their opposition.

Brough is joined in the double-digit column by Kurtis Stille who sits right at 10 points per game.

The Thunderbirds come into the game fresh off snapping a five-game losing drought that dated back to the Greene County Invitational.

Just for the record the streak stared when WRV bested the Thunderbirds 58-52 in the semifinals.

Since then they've dropped games to Clay City, Sullivan and Linton-Stockton before finally ending the skid with a 65-59 decision over Bedford North Lawrence last Saturday.

Meanwhile the Wolverines have lost their last four and five of their last six outings.

After they knocked off the T-Birds at the GCI, they fell to Linton-Stockton in the championship game before rebounding for a win at North Knox.

Then the wheels came off of the Wolverines cart with losses to Shakamak, Sullivan, Loogootee and finally Clay City on Saturday night.

Leading the Wolverines who are still outscoring opponents 48.8 to 46.5 despite their recent struggles, is Cade Hill who comes in scoring at 12.8 ppg.

He's gotten some needed help from Luke Mowery who has surged to a 10.0 ppg average and Michael Fisher who has improved his per game tally to 8.5 an outing.

Two teams who are still in the hunt for a SWIAC title, should the unbeaten in conference and idle this week Linton-Stockton Miners stumble, get together in Bloomfield.

North Daviess comes into the game with the best chance to catch the Miners. They currently sit 3-1 in the league and are nestled in second behind L-S and just ahead of the Cardinals who are 5-2.

Bloomfield will likely pin their hopes of maintaining their current three-game winning streak on an offense led by Ben Hays, Kyle Robinson and Brandon Van Sant.

All three are in the top 25 in area scoring and have been a solid part of coach Matt Britton's squad.

BHS comes into the weekend fray with recent wins over Shoals, North Central and Eminence. The three wins have helped propel the Cardinals to a 49.5 to 49.2 advantage on opponents offensively.

It might not be much on paper but when you consider that Hays is right behind Brough in scoring with a 16.4 average and Robinson is next with 13.1 ppg, it can give the Bloomfield fans hope for success.

Just for the record Van Sant comes in touting a 6.8 ppg tally.

While the first three games might have some bearing on the final standings in the SWIAC, Friday' fourth game could be the most intriguing from a story line standpoint.

Union comes into Friday's game with a losing streak in tact that has now reached 21 games after dropping a 50-49 decision to visiting North Vermillion on Tuesday night at Dugger.

It was a case of just not being able to finish the game out for coach Chip Langley's Bulldogs. At one point they appeared to be in the driver's seat with a comfortable lead that fell apart late in the game.

Both Union and Kamman's Thunderbirds are looking for their first win in SWIAC this year. But the similarity doesn't end there.

North Central comes in scoring just 45.8 ppg while giving up 58.8. While the Bulldogs have fared just a little worse giving up 67.3 and scoring 42.6 per game.

If there's a light in the darkness for the Bulldogs it comes from the play of Ethan Fettig, Austin Robertson and Ian Hamburg.

The trio are all among the area's best scorers with Fettig sitting at 12.2 per game, Robertson at 9.3 and Hamburg at 8.6.

If the T-Birds prove to be more than the Bulldogs can handle on Friday night, they'll get another on Saturday when they travel to Riverton Parke.

The Panthers haven't seen a win for nine straight outings. Their last victory came against South Vermillion in the Wabash Valley Classic back in December.

They average 44.8 offensively compared to 53.8 defensively. So the Bulldogs may finally get that elusive win.

When Eastern Greene gets a visit from South Knox on Saturday they may have to face the best team in the state with just two wins.

Admittedly the Spartans have given up 56 points while scoring 46, but they gave Linton-Stockton all they could take last weekend before finally falling to the Miners 58-49.

It was their fourth loss in a row.

Regardless of the outcome between WRV and the Thunderbirds on Friday, the Wolverines will have a challenge when they take on Owen Valley.

The Patriots have upped their stock since they dropped a 59-42 decision to Eastern Greene on opening night in Little Cincinnati -- especially of late.

OVHS has won five of their last six outings and have bumped their scoring average to 50.4 per game, but they still allow 54.2 a night on average.

All games are set to start with the junior varsity at 6 p.m.

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