The film did not lie.
When Harrison put on the game tape from Tuesday’s overtime loss to Lafayette Jeff, the Raiders could see areas of immediate concern.
“We were playing with no execution. We’d have one ball reversal and chuck up a shot and no one would crash,” junior Derek Ginn said. “If we did get a rebound, the person who got the rebound got the shot. That’s not who we are and we realized that when we watched film.”
In Thursday’s consolation round of the J&C Hoops Classic, Harrison’s ball movement was better. The Raiders collected 15 assists on 26 made field goals and more importantly, a 69-52 victory over Benton Central.
Harrison plays Twin Lakes in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday in Crawley Center.
Defensively, Harrison kept the Bison to 35 percent shooting. The Raiders pulled away with a strong middle two quarters where they outscored BC 42-17.
“I thought we showed some glimpses of what we need to learn to do consistently,” Harrison coach Mark Rinehart said. “We always talk about stacking quality possessions together and we feel like we have enough depth, we can make them work to get back, then move the ball and really work to get a quality shot.
“It can be very hard to play against for 32 minutes. We aren’t able to do it right now for 32 minutes, but we’re getting there.”
The game was tied at 15 after the first quarter.
“Harrison is a good team and puts forth a lot of pressure. We struggle with pressure. It’s stuff we’ve got to fix in the gym,” BC coach Kyle Marlatt said. “Harrison was the better team tonight. I think we can compete with them, but tonight we just showed that we were a little bit timid on offense and need to be more the aggressor.”
The Bison (2-2) were led by Henry Fisher, who scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Fisher also had a team-high eight rebounds, while Jack Marquie scored 11 and pulled down six boards. Austin Dixon added 10.
The Raiders were efficient offensively by pushing the tempo, getting scoring from 11 different players and six who had at least six points.
Cade Renicker led the Raiders (2-1) with 14 while Jack Mathew and Matt Vawter had 10 apiece. Mackie Evans and Dominic Trapp each scored eight points.
A 10-0 run late in the second quarter pushed the Raiders in front 37-25 by halftime and they put it out of reach with three consecutive 3-pointers in the first minute of the second half.
“When we start seeing the shots go in, people start moving the ball, people start changing and setting screens and getting us wide open shots,” Ginn said. “I think every single guy on our roster can hit wide open shots when they need to.”
J&C HOOPS CLASSIC
At Lafayette Jeff
West Lafayette 73, Frankfort 63
Central Catholic 73, Twin Lakes 54
McCutcheon 51, Benton Central 23
Lafayette Jeff 53 Harrison 47 (OT)
Twin Lakes 42, Frankfort 40
Harrison 69, Benton Central 52
West Lafayette vs. Central Catholic, 6 p.m.
McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 p.m.
Frankfort vs. Benton Central, 4 p.m. (auxiliary gym)
Twin Lakes vs. Harrison, 4 p.m.
Third-place, 6 p.m.
Championship, 8 p.m.
Photo galleries from Tuesday’s games are available at jconline.com