Braves complete Mid-Hoosier sweep


The Indian Creek High School boys basketball team took some time to pose for some pictures Friday night.

The host Braves had earned the right to commemorate the memories with a 68-56 triumph against Waldron to complete a 9-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference season.

“It was great to win the Mid-Hoosier Conference for the second year in a row,” said Indian Creek coach Derek Perry, a former Indian Creek player. “We won 16 games. I’m pretty sure that’s the most wins we’ve had since the late 1980s.

“I’m proud of the guys. Anytime you get 16 wins it’s a special season, but obviously we are not done yet.”

The Braves (16-5), who received a first-round bye, will play the Danville-Greencastle winner in the Class 3A Danville Sectional on March 6.

Danville is 18-4 after falling to Decatur Central on Friday night.

The Braves cruised to a 14-2 start in the first quarter and led 34-20 at halftime. Indian Creek then scored the first eight points in the third quarter to grab a 42-20 advantage.

The Braves led by 21 after three quarters.

“I liked our transition and the way we got up and down the floor,” Perry said. “I thought we got after it on the defensive end before we had that lull there (at the end).

“Overall, it was a great team win and a great way to finish out at home.”

Senior guards Dylan Phair (14 points) and Spencer Wood (13) led the Braves’ balanced scoring attack. Sophomore guard Tim Abel came off the bench to add 11 points.

“We played pretty good out there,” Wood said. “We moved the ball around. We got open shots. We weren’t knocking them all down but we go to the basket a lot.

“I think we got good momentum going into the sectional but we could have played better (at the end). We can’t have any letups (in the sectional).”

Waldron (11-9, 4-5) was able to make it closer with a late flurry in the final few minutes.

“We just had a stretch there where we let them score three or four straight times,” Perry said. “Especially if we play Danville, we can’t do that. You can’t do that against a sectional opponent and expect to come out on a winning note.”

Perry said he is fine with getting the bye.

“We can get healthy and get prepared for whoever we’re going to play,” Perry said.

Hank Johnson and Logan Macaluso each had 14 points for the Mohawks. Johnson sank four 3-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter to bring Waldron closer.

Mark Ambrogi is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.