Rising Sun wins two, in ORVC contention

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Rising Sun picked up a pair of wins this past week for just its

second and third wins of the season.

Coach Chris Jones’ Shiners posted a 54-50 win over Milan

on Thursday, February 2nd to improve its Ohio River Valley

Conference record to 2-1 and one half game behind first place

co-leaders Switzerland County and South Ripley, each 3-1.

Milan led 15-14 and 22-21 after the first two quarters but

Rising Sun took the lead at 32-31 for the ninth and final lead

change of the evening.

The Shiners went up 39-36 as junior Brent Turner took a

charge. Turner’s 3-point play gave the Shiners a 46-38 advantage.

A key play came on a hustling dive for the ball and a timeout

called by Rising Sun with 1:11 remaining.

Milan didn’t give up as Austin King hit a basket and 3-pointer.

Noah Pflum hit a pair of free throws. The Shiners led by three

when serve Jacob Bovard went to the line and hit one of two

free throws for an unsurmountable four point lead.

Rising Sun had three players in double figures including a

game high 16 by Turner. Pflum added 14 with 10 by Tristan

Brown. Nick Koons added nine points with two each by Angelo

Gallegos and Jason McClellan two each.

Milan was led by Jacob Burton and Blane Beck with 11. Zac

Minnich scored 10 followed by Jed Minnich with eight, King

seven, Nate Davis two and Jordan Burton one.

The win was keyed by just six Rising Sun turnovers.

Rising Sun went out of conference for a 46-40 road win at

Southwestern (Shelby) on Saturday afternoon.

Southwestern led at each stop 10-9, 24-22 and 37-36 before a

10-3 Shiner advantage in the final eight minutes gave the Shiners

their first back to back wins since January 2nd and 7th, 2016.

Noah Pflum led Rising Sun with 19 points including three

3-pointers and 6-for-7 at the free throw line. It was his eighth

double figure scoring night and fourth straight.

Turner added 11 points and four boards while McClellan

added seven points and had a team high eight rebounds. Turner

has11 double figure games including four straight and three

double doubles.

Koons had four points with two rebounds, three assists, two

steals and six deflections. Brown had a 3-pointer with Bovard

and Gallegos adding two points each. Gallegos had six of 14

RS assists.

Southwestern’s Noah Swift led his team with 17 points including

four 3-pointers.

Rising Sun returns to ORVC play on Friday as the host

Southwestern (Hanover) before a non-conference game at Lawrenceburg

on Saturday.

They close out the ORVC season at home against Jac-Cen-Del

Tuesday and South Ripley next Friday.

The Shiner reserves lost to Milan 42-26.

Bovard had nine, Powell five, Wes Rider four, T.J Manifold,

Marc McClellan and Steven Jimenez two each and Max Bowne

one.

The reserves jumped out to a 17-7 lead over Southwestern but

trailed 27-21, 38-33 and the 50-48 final.

Bovard scored a season high 16 points. Nick Levi had three

3-pointers, Jimenez scored seven, Rider six, Doug Pedraza five,

Powell three and Manifold two.