INDIANAPOLIS — Big game performances can look even bigger on a big stage.
On Saturday night, Danville’s Ian Asher and Cascade’s Hayden Suter both put up career-high scoring totals as the Warriors and Cadets renewed their annual rivalry at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Game 3 of the Hoosier Invitational. Danville pulled away from the Cadets in the second half for a 67-58 victory.
Asher, who tallied 33 points, and Suter, who finished with 27, matched each other in the first half with 19 points apiece. But the Cadets went to the break with a 32-31 halftime lead.
After the break, the duel between the two took a decided advantage for Asher as he outscored Suter 14-8. The Warriors got an additional boost from 14 second-half points from Avery Motes. That scoring led to Danville maintaining its 5-0 record, while leaving the Cadets (0-5) and still searching for their first win of the year.
Both Danville coach Brian Barber and Cascade coach Chris DuBois agreed that playing on the Pacers’ home floor brought out some of the best in their teams.
“That was a typical backyard rivalry game,” Barber said. “Cascade did a good job being aggressive and physical, and we had to fight through some adversity with foul trouble.”
DuBois added, “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our guys. It was the best we have played versus a quality opponent. The kids left everything out there.”
The Warriors got off to a 7-0 start as things looked rough early for the Cadets. But Suter got Cascade going offensively by assisting Schuyler Hart on the first two Cadets’ scores.
Then Suter found his own range on a 3-pointer, lifting his team into a lead at the first break, and stretching that advantage to 10 points (25-15) early in the second quarter.
But a combination of Asher’s offense and changes on defense drew Danville back into contention.