Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 5, 2014

Brownsburg holds off Terre Haute North

By Jake Thompson jake.thompson@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — AVON — Nothing in postseason play is certain as the Class 4A No. 5-ranked Brownsburg boys’ basketball team found out Tuesday night against Terre Haute North.

On paper it looked as though the 18-2 Bulldogs would run away with the win against a 7-14 Patriots squad, but that was not the case.

Brownsburg held off Terre Haute North’s second half surge and iced the game from the free throw line to take a 51-47 win.

“In a tournament atmosphere it becomes a possession game and I know we had errors, but I thought Terre Haute North played great,” Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch said. “Every mistake we made was obvious, but at the same time I thought our guys had great composure, made plays when we were supposed to, and when we needed a basket we had timely shooting.”

Brownsburg’s defense, which has held opponents to 42.7 points per game, played well enough to hold off Terre Haute North. Brownsburg started off by forcing five turnovers, scoring eight points off easy transition baskets.

“We started in the 1-3-1 and got a couple of steals and they settled in and figured out what they wanted to do,” Lynch said. “Our man-to-man was our bread and butter and we just set in that and got enough stops.”

Brownsburg point guard Darrian Ringo and K.J. Walton, who was just offered a scholarship by the University of Minnesota, hit 9 of 9 free throws in the fourth and the pair went 6 of 6 in the final 1:15. Ringo finished with game-high 19 points.

“Darrian has a moniker of ‘All I want to do is win’ and I think he displays that repeatedly,” Lynch said.

Brownsburg built a 30-18 lead after a Tyler Houston trey fell as the buzzer sounded in the second and the Bulldogs looked well on their way to routing the Patriots.

But Terre Haute North outscored Brownsburg 13-6 in the third quarter as the Bulldogs didn’t get a basket until the 3:25 mark. Lynch said the Bulldogs were their own worst enemy in the period.

“I thought we had a terrible third quarter,” he said. “We had a few too many turnovers in the third quarter … we gave them opportunities. Again, in tournament basketball, you can’t give a team opportunities.”

With Brownsburg up 41-40, Houston hit his second big shot of the game, draining a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up by four.

Terre Haute North closed to within a point of Brownsburg twice more before Ringo and Walton put the game out of reach from the free throw line.

Houston (6), Trevor Lucas (5) and Jordache Mavunga (5) rounded out the rest of the Bulldogs’ scoring.

Brownsburg (19-2) advances to take on No. 15 Mooresville (18-4) at 6 p.m. on Friday at Avon. Lynch said the Pioneers have “an experienced senior class with good spot up shooters and are a strong, physical team.”

“The opportunity to get in and get one under our belt is always a good thing,” he said. “I think our guys played through some of our errors and mistakes and you hope to not repeat them in the next game. We’ll take tonight and be ready to go Friday.”

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