It’s a bit early to proclaim that the Indian Creek boys basketball team has turned a competitive corner.
But the Braves are clearly heading in the right direction.
Senior Austin Smith scored a season-high 25 points, and sophomore Cameron Smith added 19 to power Indian Creek to a 63-49 win Friday night at Monrovia.
The victory was the Braves’ second in a row and fourth in their past six games. The stretch is a stark contrast to how the started the season, with only one win tin their first seven games.
“We’re on a little bit of a roll here. We’ve got to take it one game a time,” Braves coach Derek Perry said. “We played well.”
Indian Creek (5-8) started strong and finished the same way. The Braves led 18-9 after the first quarter, were up 30-26, then blew the game open the third period, where they outscored the Bulldogs 24-11.
“We had a good start. The turning point was the third quarter,” said Perry, whose team combined for a season-high 24 assists, including 11 by senior Brett DeHart.
Sophomore Gynson Robley had 12, five assists and four points four the Braves, and Tyler Parks added seven points and spearheaded Indian Creek’s solid defensive effort against the 2-12 Bulldogs.
“It was a total team effort,” Perry said. “We need to do it more often, and I think the guys will like the outcomes of the games.”
Indian Creek returns to action at 4:30 today at Speedway.