New Washington comes up short at semi-state

New Washington comes up short at semi-state

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New Washington comes up short at semi-state

New Washington dropped a 64-50 decision to No. 3 Indianapolis Tindley in its second semi-state appearance Saturday at Richmond.

The Mustangs’ season ended at 20-10, marking the program’s highest single-season win total since the 2000-01 campaign. The Tigers (23-5), meanwhile, advance to the Class 1A state championship next Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse versus Lafayette Central Catholic (22-6) at 10:30 a.m.

New Washington fell in a 9-0 hole to begin the game, and Tindley led 14-5 after a 3-pointer from the Tigers’ Eric Hunter, a junior guard receiving high-Division I interest. The Mustangs battled back to within 19-15 at the end of one quarter, and they took momentum into the second.

After the fast start, Tindley was able to hold off a challenge from the Mustangs in the second quarter. New Washington pulled within one to begin the frame.

“We’ve been through so much as a group,” Tindley coach Bob Wonnell said of his team’s poise. “I have so much faith in these guys. They are level-headed guys.”

By the intermission, the Tigers were on top 28-22. They were able to take control in the third as they built a 45-36 advantage. Back-to-back Hunter Lind 3-pointers brought New Washington within 51-45 of Tindley midway through the fourth, but the effort was to no avail.

“To be able to close out quarters and start quarters, particularly when you are talking the second and the third, can have such a huge impact on the game,” Wonnell said.

Hunter led Tindley with 23 points. K.J. Hunter finished with 17 points and Hunter White contributed 12 points.

Lind led New Washington (20-10) with 15 points as Brandon Horton added 13. Stevie Mack tossed in 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Zach Moore, the Mustangs’ leading scorer, was unavailable the majority of the second half due to injury.

“We knew coming in that we were going to have to play pretty well,” New Washington coach Jonathan May said. “We prepared as much as we could, but it’s hard to simulate that type of quickness and that type of ball pressure.”

TIGERS 64, MUSTANGS 50

New Washington (20-10) – Caleb Ellison 1-4 0-0 3, Brandon Horton 3-8 5-10 13, Hunter Lind 5-14 0-0 15, Zach Moore 3-9 0-0 7, Stevie Mack 5-10 2-2 12, AJ Walter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-46 7-12 50

Tindley (23-5) – Joseph Johnson 3-3 0-0 6, Hunter White 5-10 2-2 12, Sincere McMahon 0-2 2-2 2, KJ Coleman 5-6 5-6 17, Eric Hunter 9-18 4-6 23, Tyler Young 2-3 4. Totals: 24-45 13-19 64.

3-pointers – New Washington 9 (Lind 5, Horton 2, Ellison, Moore), Indianapolis Tindley 3 (Coleman 2, Hunter).

Rebounds – New Washington 30 (Mack 12, Ellison 6), Indianapolis Tindley 24 (White 7, Hunter 6).

Turnovers – New Washington 13, Indianapolis Tindley 5.

Fouls – New Washington 18, Indianapolis Tindley 13. Fouled out – None.

Tindley and New Washington compete Saturday, March 18, 2017 for the Class 1A basketball semi-state championship in the Tiernan Center at Richmond.

Tindley and New Washington compete Saturday, March 18, 2017 for the Class 1A basketball semi-state championship in the Tiernan Center at Richmond.

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