Andrean High School boys basketball coach Carson Cunningham was looking for a place to duck his head in the first half of Saturday’s game against Northwest.
“It was like an Indianapolis rainstorm,” said Cunningham, a former Purdue standout. “The way Northwest was making those 3-pointers … it was a barrage.”
Class 3A second-ranked Andrean survived, making four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for a 77-74 comeback win in the IPSAC/Midwest Showcase at Marshall High School. Valparaiso recruit Nick Davidson led the Fighting 59ers (6-0) with 22 points and six assists.
Andrean has made a habit of coming from behind this season, rallying from a 17-point deficit to defeat Bowman Academy 73-68 on Dec. 1.
“We have a real competitive spirit,” Cunningham said. “But we’re not drawing it up to have to come back like this. I’m going to have to go into the lab and crunch some numbers like (Butler coach) Brad Stevens and do some basketball-nomics.”
Northwest (3-3) led by as many as 12 points early in the second half. The Space Pioneers got off three potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 19 seconds, but were unable to connect.
Justin Parker led Northwest with 17 points, Tyler Alexander added 16 and Harris Brown 15.
“They aren’t No. 2 in the state for nothing,” Northwest coach Mosi Barnes said of Andrean. “We feel like anybody we play, we have a chance to win. They were the better team tonight, though. (Davidson’s) play spoke for itself.”
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 65, Bishop Chatard 62
Indiana recruit James Blackmon scored a showcase record 39 points as Luers (2-2) held off a late rally by Bishop Chatard.
The Trojans (3-2) lost leading scorer Joe Fagan with a left shoulder injury in the third quarter but stayed close behind 17 points from Delano Coffey and 15 from Stan Jackson.
Coffey’s attempt at a guarded game-tying 3-pointer from 35 feet was just long at the buzzer.
Fagan first suffered a dislocated shoulder during football season. It actually popped out of place once in the first half, but he returned to the game.
“He obviously really battled the first time to get back in, but the second time was too much,” Chatard coach Travis Daugherty said.
Blackmon, a 6-2 junior, played his first game in Indianapolis since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against Tech in February. He was 15-for-28 from the field and had a team-high 15 rebounds.
Concord 46, Wapahani 37
Concord won a defensive slugfest as Ball State recruit Franko House scored all 10 of his points in the second half and added a team-high eight rebounds to spark the Minutemen (5-0).
Junior guard Ramon Johnson led Concord with 11 points and 6-5 sophomore Filip Serwatka added 10.
Jacob Foster, a 6-7 junior, led Wapahani (5-2) with 19 points.
Broad Ripple 59, East Chicago Central 48
Senior guards Darian Fitzgerald and Muta Irving each scored 13 points for Broad Ripple (3-4).
Highly-touted sophomore guard Hyron Edwards led East Chicago Central with 15 points, but the Cardinals (2-4) were hurt by 13-for-27 shooting from the free-throw line.
Hammond 56, Washington 53
The Continentals (3-5) rallied from a 12-point deficit to the tie the score in the final minute, but Hammond (5-3) won behind a 20-point effort from senior guard Cameron Vortice.
Joseph English and Zach Ladd led Washington with 11 points.
Chicago Rich East 52, Heritage Christian 48, OT
Anthony Warrum scored a game-high 26 points in a losing effort for Heritage Christian (3-5).
Chicago De La Salle 73, Traders Point 55
Minnesota recruit Alvin Ellis scored a game-high 25 points as De La Salle cruised. Sophomore guard Nick Rogers led Traders Point with 14 points and seven assists.
Tech 73, Chicago Hillcrest 71
Trey Lyles made two free throws with 1 second left to give Class 4A fourth-ranked Tech the win.
Lyles finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Leo Williams led Tech with 17 points.