Harrison seems to have found its offense at the end of the season.
Cade Renicker led four players in double figures with 23 points as the Raiders scored 30 points in the first quarter to post an 82-64 victory over Indianapolis Herron for its regular season finale at May Gymnasium Friday night.
The Raiders, 14-9 on the season, now go into sectional play posting back-to-back 80-plus point games for the first time this season.
“I don’t know if we’re playing our best basketball right now but we’re heading in that direction,” said Renicker, who knocked down five 3-point shots on his way to game-high honors. “We had a rough stretch there with Huntington North and Westfield. I think we’re bouncing back and we’re on the rise. We’re getting back to running the floor the way we know how and the way we’ve been coached.”
While Indianapolis Herron had the speed edge, that mattered little as the Raiders were able to beat the Achaeans to their offensive positions for jumpers and plays most of the night, particular at critical points of the game when it looked like Herron would threaten to close an early Raider lead.
“When you move the ball, I don’t care how athletic you are, I think the (San Antonio) Spurs taught the world that last year,” Harrison coach Mark Rinehart said. “We’ve been doing a pretty good job at moving the ball inside-out and attacking the basket. We shot it the way we thought we could.”
Harrison’s 6-foot-7 forward Isaiah Carpenter got in early foul trouble and left the game midway through the first quarter with four points and no rebounds, but helped the Raiders to an early 13-2 lead which they were able to maintain behind the shooting of Renicker and Dominic Trapp, who made two 3-pointers, and Matt Vawter, who added a 3-point shot and two free throws.
The Raiders scored 30 points over the first eight minutes to grab a 30-16 lead, but as Carpenter continued to sit, the Achaeans continued to chip away at the lead, getting it down to four points, 38-34, with 3:02 left before halftime.
But Renicker hit a 3-pointer on Harrison’s next possession and then shook free from the Herron defender and was fouled while driving to the basket the next time down the court and made two free throws to push the lead back up to nine points.
Harrison managed to get into the locker room with a 46-36 lead. Carpenter’s presence seemed to swing the Raiders advantage on the glass as he grabbed eight rebounds in the second half and finished the game with 13 points.
“After sitting in the first half, once I got back in the game, I felt like I knew I had to be productive,” Carpenter said. “This isn’t our best basketball. This is just a start. We’ll be better next week than we were tonight.”
Harrison led by double-digits most of the second half and pushed their lead up to 20 points at two points in the fourth quarter. Vawter finished with 17 points and Trapp added 12.