For Riley Miller, it came down to a basic basketball play. The Yorktown junior guard attempted a 3-pointer late in a tie game against archrival Delta on Tuesday night, a 3-pointer that Miller said felt like a good look, but was ultimately destined not to fall.
But Miller instinctively followed his shot. The result was an offensive rebound that led to Miller converting a 3-point play. That 3-point play broke a tie with approximately 1:30 remaining in a game that turned into a 47-43 Yorktown win in the first round of the Class 3A Southside Sectional in Muncie Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Yorktown (16-4) advances to play Blackford (8-12) in Friday’s sectional semifinals. The Bruins had a bye in the tournament’s opening round. Delta finished its season 10-12.
Miller’s 3-point play made the score 44-41, so Delta was never able to tie the game or retake the lead the rest of the game.
“They teach you to follow your shot,” Miller said. “And I guess, if the rebound comes back to you, you’re right there for it.”
Miller finished the game with 10 points, second on his team. Caleb Morey led the way for the Tigers with 18 points.
Despite those offensive performances, Yorktown coach Greg Miller was eager to talk about one of his players’ defensive performances after the game. Greg Miller gave junior Carson Moore the task of defending Delta’s Kameron Slaven, a player who scored 73 points in his team’s last three regular-season games. Moore was able to limit Slaven to five points in the game.
“When he’s open, he makes shots,” Greg Miller said of Slaven. “And he’s a good player. And he’s a big cog of their offense. So that was obviously important.”
Post players Jacob Preston and Riley Neal each provided seven points for Yorktown. Neal missed much of the first half with two fouls, then avoided foul trouble in the second half to allow himself to be more of a factor.
Jalen Robinson scored 16 points to lead Delta, and also had a team-high 12 rebounds. Robinson scored eight points in the third quarter to help his team recover from a first half that was difficult offensively. The Eagles were limited to four points in the first quarter and 12 total points in the first half.
Klay Fullenkamp had eight points and nine rebounds for the Eagles.
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