AVON — After winning two contests earlier in the season against Plainfield, each by 24 points, the Avon boys’ basketball team entered sectional play on its home court feeling optimistic about its chances of advancement.
That optimism shone through as the Orioles took down the Quakers 64-48 Wednesday night.
“We played with some confidence tonight and we were up front with the kids,” Avon coach Jason Young said. “We beat (Plainfield) before earlier in the season and on a neutral floor in county. We felt like we were the better basketball team and felt like we needed to establish that early.”
Avon quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead as David Griffith hit a driving layup and Jack McCue buried a 3-pointer. The Orioles never looked back and led wire-to-wire.
“We tried to stay competitive,” Plainfield coach Andy Weaver said. “Probably the most disappointing thing was we gave up nine offensive rebounds in the first half and two or three baskets got tipped. We just weren’t physical enough to put a body on them.”
Avon outrebounded Plainfield 37-27, giving Brandon Peters and Connor Funkhouser some easy baskets in transition. Funkhouser and Peters both finished with a game-high 16 points. Funkhouser also pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Up 20-13 to start the second, Sam Bloom gave Avon a boost from the bench and scored eight points while grabbing five rebounds.
“There’s been four or five games where (Sam) really given us a big spark and he was really big for us tonight,” Young said.
Plainfield pulled within two of Avon at 20-18 after a basket by Nathan Mills and a Keegan Motter free throw. Avon then went on a 15-4 run to end the half and led 35-22 at the break.
Avon built a 45-26 advantage midway through the third after Peters and Funkhouser led a 6-0 spurt.