Braves star continuing tradition

No shortage of basketball traditions exist in Indiana, including the one Tim Abel became part of in the spring of 2012.

As a seventh-grader, Abel attended the annual Reunion All-Star Classic at historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown with his friend Quinton Marker and Marker’s uncle, Andy.

On Friday, Abel makes his sixth such trip — but this time, the 6-foot-2 guard who finished his Indian Creek career as the program’s third-leading all-time scorer with 1,206 points will be playing.

“That game is more than anything to me right now,” Abel said. “When I was younger, Clinton and his family would buy my ticket and we would go to Knightstown to watch that game every year.

“Now I get the opportunity to tell them I’ll be playing in it.”

On Friday morning, Quinton Marker will drive to Abel’s house to pick him up, as is custom. The second part of this tradition is driving to Andy’s residence in Greenwood and, weather permitting, removing the top from Andy’s jeep before driving to Knightstown.

Abel, who recently signed a national letter of intent to play men’s college basketball at Cincinnati Christian University, will play for the Terhune Tigers during the Reunion Classic.

Among his teammates are Jacob Redding, a 6-1 guard who will be walking on at the University of Louisville, and 5-11 Carmel guard Sterling Brown, who is headed to Marian University.

Featured players for Friday’s opposition, the Hickory Huskers, are future Butler Bulldogs guard Cooper Neese and Lapel’s Jon Ross Richardson, a 6-6 guard-forward who as a junior helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 2A state championship.

The girls All-Star contest is slated to tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys game scheduled for 8.

Hoosier Gym, home court of the fictional Hickory Huskers in the 1986 movie “Hoosiers”, is extremely quaint, with a seating capacity of just under 700 spectators.

This will be Abel’s second time playing there this school year. On Feb. 11, Indian Creek, which was without three key players (Bryce Hogue, Trevor Ankney and Isaiah Lacey) due to either injury or the flu, lost to Culver Academy 84-45.

Former Braves coach Derek Perry is confident the Reunion Classic will be a positive experience for Abel.

“Tim is going to be playing with and against some of the best players in Indiana,” Perry said. “That’s a neat setting, and is something Tim deserves and has earned.”

If you go

What: Reunion All-Star Classic

When: Friday, 6 p.m. (girls game) and 8 p.m. (boys game)

Where: Hoosier Gym, Knightstown

Tickets: Call 317-925-8200 or email hoosierbbllmag@att.net

Boys rosters

Terhune Tigers

Player;HS;College

Tim Abel;Indian Creek;Cincinnati Christian

Sterling Brown;Carmel;Marian

Jermaine Cousinard;East Chicago Central;Undecided

Haden Deaton;McCutcheon;Grace

Gavin Griggs;Shenandoah;Olivet Nazarene

Trevor Lakes;Lebanon;Indianapolis

Jaylen Minnett;Terre Haute South;IUPUI

Jacob Redding;Carroll (Allen);Louisville

Nike Sibande;Crispus Attucks;Miami of Ohio

Grant Smith;Connersville;Indiana Wesleyan

Mack Smith;Warren Central;Eastern Illinois

Kobe Webster;Park Tudor;Western Illinois

Coach: Dave McCollough, Shenandoah

Hickory Huskers

Player;HS;College

Jalen Adaway;Logansport;Miami of Ohio

Mark Albers;Pendleton Heights;Marian

Jaylen Butz;Fort Wayne North;DePaul

Michael Ertel;Mt. Vernon (Fortville);Louisiana Monroe

Hunter Ferris;Cambridge City Lincoln;Undecided

David Froedge;New Castle;Prep school

Datrion Harper;Ben Davis;IU-East

Matt Jennings;Logansport;Grace

Cooper Neese;Cloverdale;Butler

JonRoss Richardson;Lapel;Rollins

Tyler Smith;Northeastern;Florida Southern

Courvoisier McCauley;Manual;Prep school

Coach: Travis Daugherty, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.