INDIANAPOLIS — The Avon boys’ basketball team gave No. 4-ranked Warren Central a scare on their home court Saturday night but fell short, 58-49.
It seemed as if (4-0) Warren Central’s height and athletic ability just got the better of the (2-3) Orioles. Whether it would be on the post or grabbing offensive rebounds, those few possessions ultimately determined the game.
While Avon did the best it could in its 2-3 zone, the Orioles could not stop the likes of Warren forwards Jordan Garnett (14 points), Gary Bonds (11 points), and IU recruit Devin Davis (10 points), who scored his 1,000th career point in the third quarter.
“We did a nice job rotating in our zone, and we took away the high post which we thought was an area that they’d like to attack,” Avon coach Jason Young said. “We had an awful lot of trouble checking out of the zone and we let them get too deep. We then tried to out jump them and you can’t do that against their athletes.”
Avon got out to a quick 4-0 lead to begin the game by getting the ball inside. Despite Warren Central’s stature, going inside and driving the lane seemed to be the Orioles’ best weapon the entire night.
Avon’s big men led the way in scoring as Conner Funkhouser had 17 points and Aaron Bode added 11.
However, when the Orioles went away from the basket, they went cold. They finished the first quarter 2 of 9 from the field and trailed 11-7 after one quarter.
Avon made two field goals in the first quarter and three in the second, but were 9 of 9 from the free throw line in the second quarter, and 12 of 13 in the first half. That helped the Orioles trim the Warren’s lead to three at halftime, 25-22.
“We tried to establish a post presence early and I thought we were able to get to the free throw line,” Young said.