If the Indian Creek boys basketball team continues playing like it did Friday night, fans won’t mind braving the sub-zero temperatures to see the results.
Although the Braves started slowly, they picked up momentum throughout the game and earned a 66-53 victory visiting Southwestern (Shelby) in Mid-Hoosier Conference play.
With the win, Indian Creek improved to 4-8 overall and 2-2 the confrerence. More importantly, it also snapped a bitter two-game losing streak from last week’s Johnson County Tournament.
Although the winless Spartans (0-11) took a three-point lead in the first quarter thanks to several missed shots by Indian Creek, the Braves settled down in the second period and methodically took control.
Playing a tight, crisp defense, the Braves held the Spartans to 11 points while creating 10 turnovers and converting 14 points off those turnovers. That, coupled with some sharp perimeter shooting, led to a 29-point quarter for Indian Creek.
“That was the key,” Braves’ coach Derek Perry said. “We had a stretch where our press got us eight points in the final minute.”
That gave Indian Creek momentum going into the second half, where the Braves’ lead swelled to 20 at one point.
Although the Spartans trimmed the advantage to 10 late in the third quarter, Indian Creek’s Tim Abel hit a 3-point shot right before the third-quarter buzzer to swing momentum back to the Braves.
Indian Creek led by double figures the rest of the way.
Braves senior Austin Smith led all scorers with 20 points. Sophomore teammate Gynson Robley added 15, and sophomore Cameron Smith had 11.
Brett DeHart had 15 assists for the Braves.
“He played well,” Perry said. “It was a total team effort.”
Southwestern was led by senior Logan Laughlin with 17 points.
The Braves return to action at 7:30 tonight against the visiting Speedway Sparkplugs.