Shiner offense explodes; five in double figures for first win

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Coach Chris Jones said his team could score.

They proved him right as Rising Sun defeated South Decatur 85 to 43 on Saturday, Dec. 2nd in Westport.

Going into their third game of the season, four players averaged in double figures. On Saturday, five players reached double figures led by Noah Pflum’s 18 points. The junior guard hit a pair of 3-pointers, dropped down five two pointers and was 2-for-2 at the line. He drove for two then dished out eight assists while grabbing a pair of rebounds and picked up two steals. He even took a charge.

Classmate Jacob Bovard added 16 points along with six rebounds four assists and led the team with six deflections.

Senior Trenton Gridley was beneficiary of many of the Shiners’ 22 assists. He came off the bench to score a career high 16 points on 7-for-10 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds.

Senior Jason McClellan added 12 points with five rebounds two assists and two steals.

Classmate Brent Turner played without the face-mask he needed a week earlier to protect stitches in his chin. He finished with 11 points and grabbed 12 of the 37 team rebounds for his first double double of his senior year.

Leading scorer Nick Koons (14.3 ppg) added eight points with six rebounds and two assists. Jake Powell and Wesley Rider added two points each with Rider continuing his intense play off the bench to record four steals.

The Shiners shot a whopping 56 percent from the field (36-for-64) including 4-for-10 from 3-pooint range.

Pflum was held to just two points in Rising Sun’s loss to South Ripley but bettered that with the first three points of the game. He and Bovard had the four Shiner 3-pointers, two each, both in the opening quarter to lead RS to a 20 to 11 lead after one.

Rising Sun built a 43 to 26 halftime advantage taking advantage of 10 South Decatur turnovers.

SD’s 6’6″ center Matt Cornett scored a third of his team’s points (14 points) but picked up his third foul to start the second quarter as Turner picked up the charge.

The Cougars took 26 less shots than the Shiners, connecting on 17-for-38.

Rising Sun (1-2) heads to Vevay to battle Switzerland County for the Ruler of the River trophy on Friday. It is one of eight road games out of 10 to start the season.