Shiners’ early scoring not enough in tourney

Rising Sun fell to 2-6 on the season after a pair of losses in the North Decatur Charger Holiday Classic on Friday, Dec. 28th.


Rising Sun fell to 2-6 on the season after a pair of losses in the North Decatur Charger Holiday Classic on Friday, Dec. 28th.

  The Shiners found itself dwarfed by its Class 2A Chargers and the Class 3A Yorktown Tiger opponents.

  The Chargers had five players 6’2” or taller but it was seven 3-pointers by North Decatur that set the tone.

  The Shiners took a 4-0 lead over North Decatur to open the tourney before the host Chargers scored nine unanswered points to lead 9-4 after one quarter and continued it to a 14-0 run into the second quarter. The Shiners had eight turnovers and just seven points with 3:21 left in the first half but came back to trail 25-18 at the half.

 Rising Sun pulled to within four, 36-32,  after a basket by senior Noah Pflum and a 3-pointer by Nick Koons with 1:16 left in the third quarter.

   The Chargers answered with a 3-pointer from leading scorer Garrett Metz and led 40-32 after three quarters. Pflum hit his lone 3-pointer of the game as the Shiners trailed 44-36 before the hosts scored 10 unanswered to seal the win.

   Koons shared game high honors with Metz with 17 including 6-for-8 from the line. Senior Jake Bovard added nine points and seven rebounds including five offensive boards after picking up two early fouls.

  Pflum added seven points with TJ Manifold adding four, Jake Powell three and Landon Cole two.

  The Shiners were 12-for-28 from two point range, 3-for-7 from behind the arc and 9-for-12 at the line. They finished with 12 turnovers to eight for North Decatur.

  Metz had three 3-pointers among his 17 points. Craig Adams added 12 points including four 3-pointers. Tyler Walterman added 10 with 6’4” Sean Means adding six.

   The Chargers were 14-for-28 from the field along wit h7-for-16 behind the arc and 5-for-11 at the line.

   In the consolation game, Rising Sun fell 61-41 to the Yorktown Tigers (a 69-54 loser to Southwestern in its opening round contest).

   The game was tied three times to start before the Tigers pulled ahead 29-16 at the half. They led as many as 26 (57-31) and cruised to the consolation title.    

   The Shiners had no answer for Luke Dunn. The 6’3” junior scored a career high 31 points including four 3-pointers. JJ Evans did the rest with 12 inside points. 

 Nick Koons led the  Shiners with 18 points including 7-for-7 at the line and six rebounds. Rising Sun had little affect inside in its opening contest but 6’4” junior TJ Manifold came back with nine points and seven rebounds in the consolation contest. Chris Bowne added a 3-pointer. Jake Bovard added seven points with Noah Pflum and Brent Webb adding two.

 The Shiners were 13-for-37 from the field along with 2-for-8 from behind the arc and 9-for-11 at the line.

 Yorktown was 18-for-34 from the field including 6-for-11 in 3-pointers and 3-for-5 at the line.

 The Shiners take on Lawrenceburg tonight (Thursday) in the first round of the River Town Classic at South Dearborn High School.