Alex Galle led a balanced attack with 15 points to pace visiting Columbus East to a contentious 60-48 win over Jeffersonville. The Red Devils fell to 9-7, 3-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference while the Olympians rose to 7-6, 2-1.
The visitors scored the first seven points of the game, but Jeffersonville responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead. Columbus East then answered with six straight, four of those coming from coach’s son – and Eastern Kentucky commit – Parker Chitty. That’s when things got testy.
Chitty was chatty with the Red Devils who were closely guarding him. One of his comments upset Jeffersonville head coach Joe Luce, who started yelling at Columbus East counterpart Brent Chitty. Things continued to heat up as the two coaches started going at it back and forth. At that point, the referees asked the Jeffersonville athletic director to come down and help calm things down.
“I think the pace of the game was beneficial to both of us,” Luce said. “We were hoping to make it a little more up and down. There’s no question the tougher team won tonight. Toughness is not talking smack, pointing your finger or pumping your fist, toughness is getting rebounds and making plays, and they did that tonight. They dominated the boards and dominated the paint.”
From that point forward, the game was chippy and sporadic.
The Red Devils scored the first seven points of the second period to take a 17-15 lead. Columbus East, which had been held scoreless the first 2:17 of the period, finally broke through with two free throws by Jonathan Foster and a 3-pointer by Zach Sanders, one of three he made during the game. The Olympians led 20-17.
Jeffersonville then put up one more counterattack to go up 22-21. That’s when the Olympians started breaking away with several inside baskets.
Galle scored inside, Parker Chitty hit two free throws and Galle added one more to give Columbus East a 26-22 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to the Olympians. The visitors outscored their hosts 11-3 with 10 of those points coming in the paint to lead 37-25.
Brandon Coleman scored twice and Demar’re Sims one, all inside, to cut it to 37-31. Two more times the Red Devils were able to cut the lead to six, but that was as close as they would get.
With the score 44-38, Galle scored once more inside and once at the line to extend the lead to 47-38, and the Red Devils never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Columbus East (7-6): Alex Galle 15, Zach Sanders 14, Parker Chitty 13, Kevin Williams 10, Tanner McFall 4, Jonathan Foster 4.
Jeffersonville (9-7): Demar’re Sims 14, Brandon Coleman 12, Gerrin Moore 10, Dechaun Lewis 5, Michael Minton 3, Dominique Hunter 2, Treyton Dickerson 2.
3-point goals: Columbus East 3 (Sanders 3); Jeffersonville 2 (Moore, Minton)