By Jake Thompson
— The Danville boys’ basketball team was ousted last weekend in the first round of regional play, but was the lone county team to take home a sectional title this season. That accomplishment could not be overlooked when deciding upon all-county selections and for that reason, the Warriors lead all schools with three nominations this year.
Senior Ian Asher (17.4 ppg, 4 rpg) helped propel the Warriors to an 18-6 record. Asher led Danville in points on 51 percent shooting and grabbed 1.8 spg. He also made a team-high 93 free throws.
Danville’s Avery Motes, a three-year letter winner and anchor of the Warriors over those seasons, led the team in three-point and free throw percentage. Motes averaged 14.6 ppg on 51 percent shooting and hit 51 3-pointers on the year while pulling down 5.1 rpg and dishing 2.9 apg.
Last, but certainly not least, for Danville was Tyler Ross (7.5 ppg, 6 rpg). He led the team in rebounding and shot 53 percent on the season while performing a lot of the intangibles on the court this year that helped the Warriors to a sectional title.
Three of the county’s seven teams finished with two members on the squad.
Tri-West finished the year 13-9 bowing out in the second round of sectional action. Led by sophomore Trevor Waite (16.5 ppg , 3.65 apg, 2 spg) the Bruins finished 13-9. Waite was the Bruins’ go-to guy all year and improved steadily throughout the season.
Tri-West senior Sam Koelling (8.5 ppg, 3 rpg) hit 40 3-pointers on the season and was instrumental to the Bruins’ success as a leader on the floor and was their best outside threat.
Brownsburg guard K.J. Walton (14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 spg) shot 44 percent on the year, helping the Bulldogs to an 11-10 record. The sophomore also added 5.7 rpg along with an 82 percent free throw percentage.
Trevor Lucas (11.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) joins Walton and was Brownsburg’s second-leading scorer. Lucas, a junior, shot 32 percent from behind the arc and averaged 1.2 spg with 1 apg.
Avon junior Conner Funkhouser led the team with 15.4 ppg on 51 percent shooting this season while pulling down 5.7 rebounds per contest. Along with fellow big man Aaron Bode (7.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), who connected on 50 percent shooting, the Orioles often went as the pair did, finishing the year at 10-12.
The final three schools added a player each to the all-county squad.
Cascade’s Hayden Suter (14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg) forced other teams to stop him as the Cadets’ main scoring threat, shooting 44 percent on the season. The sophomore shot 71 percent from the free throw line as Cascade ended the year 7-15.
Plainfield’s Max Kurkowski is the only freshman to make the list and was the Quakers’ leading scorer with 9.8 ppg while shooting 45 percent from behind the arc and 77 percent from the line.
Bethesda’s Malik Roper( 9 ppg , 4.3 rpg) hit 46 percent of his shots to lead the Patriots. The senior shot 82 percent from the line and averaged almost two assists and steals per contest.
Second-Team: Scott Amor-Danville, Jake Hendershot-Tri-West, Gerald Harney and Tyler Houston-Brownsburg, Carter VanWanzeele and Jordan Rhoades-Avon, Daljot Bajwa and Eric Bobadilla-Cascade, Luke Jones- Plainfield, Deonte Gates-Bethesda.