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Regional roundup: Which teams are headed to semistate?

Ben Davis High School senior RJ Turner (32) cuts down a piece of the net after winning an IHSAA Boys Basketball Regional championship game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Southport High School. Ben Davis won, 44-21.

Ben Davis High School senior RJ Turner (32) cuts down a piece of the net after winning an IHSAA Boys Basketball Regional championship game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Southport High School. Ben Davis won, 44-21.

What’s better than Indiana high school basketball in the morning?

We’ve reached the regional stage of the IHSAA state tournament with plenty of local teams still in action.

REGIONAL FINALS

TONIGHT’S AREA REGIONAL FINALS

CLASS 4A

At Logansport

Fort Wayne North 52, Carmel 49, OT — Full game story from IndyStar reporter Jordan J. Wilson

At Southport

Ben Davis 44, Connersville 21 — Full game story from Preps Insider Kyle Neddenriep.

CLASS 3A

At Greencastle

Attucks 74, Tri-West 69, OT — Full game story from IndyStar correspondent Brent Glasgow

CLASS 2A

At Greenfield-Central

Heritage Christian 65, Northeastern 50 — Full game story from Palladium-Item reporter Jesus Jimenez.

CLASS A

At Martinsville

Tindley 78, Lutheran 62 — Full game story from IndyStar correspondent Joseph Spears

Here is a recap of the Southport regional’s earlier semifinal action, which saw Connersville and Ben Davis advance to tonight’s final. Highlights of all area games are below the recap:

Ben Davis, Connersville advance at Southport Regional

One overtime regional game and anther decided by three points. What’s left for an encore Saturday night at Southport Fieldhouse?

To find out, get there early. Red-clad fans from Connersville filled the gym on Saturday morning to watch their Spartans rally and battle for a 55-49 overtime win over Brownsburg. Connersville (27-1) will play Ben Davis, a 47-44 upset winner over Class 4A seventh-ranked North Central in the second regional semifinal game.

Ben Davis (20-5) will attempt to win its first regional title since 1998 at 8 p.m. tonight.

“At this point, you’re just happy to be playing,” Ben Davis coach Mark James said. “You compete and do the best you can. We have to make sure we come out and do our jobs. At the end of the (North Central) game we were out there on the floor like we’ve done something. We haven’t done anything yet. We still have another game to play. I’ve had guys tell me (Connersville) is the best-coached team in the state.”

Ben Davis lost two 11-point games to North Central during the season and appeared it might be on its way to a third, trailing by 11 points late in the first half. A last-second 3-pointer by Datrion Harper sent the Giants into the locker room with some momentum and it continued from there as Ben Davis took the lead, 34-33 on a 3-pointer by Josh Brewer late in the third quarter.

The lead seesawed back and forth in the fourth quarter until Jalen Newsom hit a 3-pointer to put Ben Davis ahead 41-37 with a little more than 3 minutes left. Emmanuel Little pulled North Central within one point again on a three-point play, but the Panthers could get no closer. Datrion Harper scored on a layup and R.J. Turner tapped on a putback on the next two Ben Davis possessions to push the lead 45-41.

Harper led Ben Davis with 16 points and 6-5 junior Aaron Henry added 15. The Giants went to a zone for the just the second time all season, limiting North Central to 2-for-14 shooting in the fourth quarter.

It was a sobering end of North Central (23-5), which was 13-0 to start the season and ranked No. 1 in the state. UCLA recruit Kris Wilkes (10 points) and senior teammates Mateo Rivera (11 points) and Little (11 points) formed the core of what looked like a state champion contender.

“It’s about as tough as it gets,” North Central coach Doug Mitchell said. “We had the pieces. I’m not complaining about our effort, I thought it was tremendous today. But it’s tough.”

In the first game, Connersville pushed its record to 7-0 in overtime games but the real victory may have been just getting the game into overtime.

Brownsburg (18-7) led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and were up 42-35 after a putback by Landon Hall with 2:53 left. But Connersville kept after it, cutting Brownsburg’s lead to 43-42 after a steal and layup by Garrett Silcott with 1:15 left.

With the crowd roaring, the Bulldogs ran the clock down to 17.5 seconds before Hall was fouled. The senior made one of two free throws to make it 44-42. Connersville senior Grant Smith, who finished with a game-high 22 points, was fouled – nearly making the shot – with 8.5 seconds left. He made both free throws to tie the game, 44-44.

After a Brownsburg miss, Smith nearly hit a half-court at the end of regulation. But the Spartans, a perfect 6-0 in overtime coming in, could at least breathe again.

“It didn’t look good,” Connersville coach Kerry Brown said. “Their physicality is something we haven’t play much against. We don’t see that and it was disrupting us. We finally settled down. Our kids showed some toughness, perseverance and persistence. It would have been easy to give up but we have a tough group of kids.”

Connersville took the lead right away in overtime and never looked back. Dalton Huffman had 13 points for the Spartans and Silcott added 12. Beau Isaacs, a 6-4 senior and the team’s second-leading scorer, played just a few minutes due to a knee injury suffered in the sectional.

Sophomore point guard Cameron Alford led Brownsburg with 17 points. Hall added 12 points and sophomore Reis Thomas had 10.

“It went the way you thought it would,” said Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch. “We’re a little faster and a little more athletic and they execute a little better. It’d be easy to be a little disappointed but you’ve seen them do it seven different times this year. They find a way to finish games. You have to give coach Brown and their team a ton of credit. They never feel like they are beat. Watching tape, you can see that.”

Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.

CONNERSVILLE 55, BROWNSBURG 49, OT

Brownsburg         8          10        13        13        5   —  49

Connersville         12        4          13        15       11   — 55

Brownsburg (18-7) – Alford 6 5-6 17, Rozzi 0 0-0 0, Baker 1 0-0 2, Thomas 4 2-3 10, Hall 4 3-4 12, Wolf 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 0-0 6, Reffeitt 0 0-0 0, Edmonds 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 10-13 49.

Connersville (27-1) – Silcott 3 5-8 12, Sullenbarger 1 0-0 2, Belt 3 0-0 6, Smith 6 9-11 22, Huffman 3 7-10 13, Isaacs 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 21-29 55.

3-point goals: Brownsburg 3 (Jackson 2, Hall), Connersville 2 (Silcott, Smith).

BEN DAVIS 47, NORTH CENTRAL 44

North Central                   16        9          11         8  —  44

Ben Davis                        12        5          17        13  — 47

North Central (23-5) – Rivera 4 1-2 11, D.Johnson 2 0-0 5, Little 3 4-5 11, Bradley 1 0-0 3, Wilkes 4 1-4 10, Pack 0 0-0 0, T.Johnson 0 2-2 2, Lee 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 8-13 44.

Ben Davis (20-5) – Harper 7 0-0 16, Brewer 3 2-2 9, Newsom 1 0-0 3, Henry 7 0-1 15, Finch 0 0-0 0, Turner 2 0-0 4, Windham 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 2-3 47.

3-point goals: North Central 6 (Rivera 2, D.Johnson, Little, Bradley, Wilkes), Ben Davis 5 (Harper 2, Brewer, Newsom,

10 a.m. games
At Seymour: New Albany 57, Center Grove 52

Center Grove  8   12   14  18  —  52

New Albany   15    9    18  15  —  57

New Albany (25-3) — Sean East 3 2-2 9, Issac Hibbard 3 1-2 8, Julien Hunter 2 2-2 6, Romeo Langford 9 3-3 21, Blake Murphy 2 2-2 7, Derrick Stevenson 2 1-2 6. Totals 21 11-13 57.

Center Grove (17-8) — Trayce Jackson-Davis 7 2-6 16, Joey Klaasen 3 2-4 9, Nate McLain 3 0-2 9, Ben Nicoson 0 0-0 0, Spencer Piercefield 0 0-0 0, Travis Roehling 7 4-4 18. Totals 20 8-16 52.

3-Point Goals — Center Grove 4 (Joey Klaasen 1, Nate McLain 3), New Albany 4 (Sean East 1, Issac Hibbard 1, Blake Murphy 1, Derrick Stevenson 1).

At Greencastle: Crispus Attucks 70, Northview 52

Attucks       28   12   13  17  — 70

Northview   12   20   11   9  —  52

Northview (18-9) — Brigham Booe 4 4-5 14, Damon Hyatt 3 1-1 8, Jensen Kellett 3 1-2 8, Drew Lumsdon 3 1-2 7, M. J. Shelton 1 0-0 2, Braydon Tucker 4 1-2 13. Totals 18 8-12 52.

Crispus Attucks (22-4) — Derrick Briscoe 2 0-0 4, Alex Cooley 2 0-0 6, T. Graham 4 2-4 10, Jamal Harris 6 1-1 13, Zac Owens 4 1-2 10, Micah Poole 1 0-1 3, Nike Sibande 8 3-4 20, Warren Williams 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 7-12 70.

3-Point Goals — Northview 8 (Brigham Booe 2, Damon Hyatt 1, Jensen Kellett 1, Braydon Tucker 4), Crispus Attucks 5 (Alex Cooley 2, Zac Owens 1, Micah Poole 1, Nike Sibande 1).

At Greenfield-Central: Northeastern 67, Cloverdale 59

At Martinsville: Tindley 64, Shakamak 49

Tindley        12  13  18  21  —  64

Shakamak   15  14  10  10  —  49

Shakamak (15-11) — Lane Gilbert 5 0-0 10, Rylee Landry 1 0-2 3, Matt Townsend 3 0-0 6, Cameron West 2 0-2 4, Tanner Yeryar 6 12-12 26. Totals 17-37 12-16 49.

Tindley (21-5) — K. J. Coleman 4 6-8 15, Eric Hunter 5 4-8 17, Joe Johnson 0 3-4 3, Sincere Johnson 5 0-0 11, Chris Murff 5 1-1 11, Hunter White 3 1-2 7. Totals 22-42 15-23 64.

Noon games
At Logansport: Carmel 68, McCutcheon 61

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McCutcheon   16   10  19  16  —  61

Carmel (22-4) — P. J. Baron 5 8-10 18, Eddie Gill 0 0-2 0, Luke Heady 5 0-0 14, Cole Jenkins 4 0-1 11, John Michael Mulloy 5 5-5 15, Jalen Whack 4 0-0 10. Totals 23-44 13-18 68.

McCutcheon (23-3) — Eddy Collins 3 2-2 9, Haden Deaton 3 1-3 9, Gavin Dunbar 3 0-0 8, Rowen Farrell 2 0-0 5, Robert Phiniisee 10 7-9 30. Totals 21-58 10-14 61.

3-Point Goals — Carmel 9 (Luke Heady 4, Cole Jenkins 3, Jalen Whack 2), McCutcheon 9 (Eddy Collins 1, Haden Deaton 2, Gavin Dunbar 2, Rowen Farrell 1, Robert Phiniisee 3).

At Greencastle: Tri-West 87, Danville 63

Tri-West    18   19   26   24  —  87

Danville     10   11   21   21  —  63

Danville (19-9) — Alec Burton 5 4-9 14, Zach Callahan 3 4-4 11, Sam Comer 3 1-2 9, Austin Cowart 4 0-2 9, Toby Hiland 1 0-0 2, Connor Jones 3 3-4 10, Dillon Ware 2 2-2 8. Totals 21 14-23 63.

Tri-West (23-3) — Logan Blake 7 0-0 16, Matt Chinn 7 2-2 22, Sam Fulton 1 0-0 2, Lucas Goodin 1 0-0 2, Judd Grubbs 0 2-2 2, Peyton Hendershot 5 2-3 12, Jake Hill 1 2-3 4, Jared Kiefer 0 2-2 2, Derek Lucas 3 0-0 6, Tyler Watson 6 5-8 18, Ryan Wiggins 0 1-2 1. Totals 31 16-22 87.

3-Point Goals — Tri-West 9 (Logan Blake 2, Matt Chinn 6, Tyler Watson 1), Danville 7 (Zach Callahan 1, Sam Comer 2, Austin Cowart 1, Connor Jones 1, Dillon Ware 2).

At Greenfield-Central: Heritage Christian 58, Shenandoah 45

Shenandoah       6   12   7   20  —  45

Heritage Christ.  13  10  14  21  —  58

Heritage Christian (16-9) — Bennett Coster 1 2-2 4, Joe Geiger 1 1-2 4, Ben Gordon 1 0-0 3, Zach Meus 5 6-8 16, Kyle Somers 1 2-3 4, Andrew Williams 4 4-6 13, Hayden Wynja 6 1-2 14. Totals 19 16-23 56.

Shenandoah (20-5) — Gavin Griggs 7 2-7 16, Joe Huff 0 1-3 1, Chase Kinsey 5 3-5 14, Braydin Myers 2 3-4 8, Wayde Steirs 2 0-0 6. Totals 16 9-19 45.

At Martinsville: Lutheran 66, Hauser 60

Hauser    12   9   19  20  — 60

Lutheran  9   17  22  18  —  66

Lutheran (12-12) — Matthew Alter 2 4-4 10, Bailly Barham 1 0-0 2, Tyler Johnson 2 1-2 6, Brandon Perry 8 7-9 25, Clayton Pittman 0 1-2 1, LeSeanne Strode 1 0-0 3, Zach White 7 2-2 19. Totals 21-47 15-19 66.

Hauser (16-10) — Justin Compton 4 0-0 8, Alex Gross 5 5-8 15, Mason Sherman 6 1-2 15, A. J. Titus 2 0-3 4, Clayton Wilson 2 0-0 5, Connor Wilson 4 3-3 13. Totals 23-56 9-16 60.

3-Point Goals — Hauser 5 (Mason Sherman 2, Clayton Wilson 1, Connor Wilson 2), Lutheran 9 (Matthew Alter 2, Tyler Johnson 1, Brandon Perry 2, LeSeanne Strode 1, Zach White 3).

Semistate schedule (sites and times TBD):

CLASS 4A

Merrillville (21-7) vs. Fort Wayne North (26-2)

Ben Davis (21-5) vs. Castle (24-3)

CLASS 3A

Twin Lakes (24-3) vs. Fort Wayne Luers (19-7)

Indy Attucks (23-4) vs. Evansville Bosse (20-7)

CLASS 2A

MC Marquette (19-9) vs. Frankton (21-6)

Heritage Christian (17-9) vs. Crawford County (21-6)

CLASS A

Gary 21st Century (19-8) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (21-6)

Findley (22-5) vs. New Washington (20-9)