The Rising Sun Shiners moved over the .500 mark with wins over Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley this past week and more importantly both victories improved them to 4-2 in Ohio River Valley Conference play.
The wins assured Rising Sun a second place finish behind Southwestern and could be second outright with a Jac-Cen-Del win over South Ripley in their season finale Friday.
The Shiners improved to 11-9 overall with a 59 to 37 win over South Ripley on Friday in Versailles.
South Ripley went to a deliberate approach by holding the ball after getting the opening tip. Avery Halcomb
Halcomb held the ball for another three minutes and ended the first quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Raiders a 13 to 7 lead.
But the Shiners came back to take a 24 to 20 halftime advantage on Nick Koons’ first points of the game. Senior Brent Turner led the first half attack with 10 of his game high 16 points.
Koons and Turner helped Rising Sun mount a 10 point lead to start the second half . The Shiners closed out the third quarter with a 42 to 29 advantage.
The Shiners continued an 8-0 run to end the quarter with a 17-2 run to blow the game open in the final quarter.
Turner led RS with 16 points including six for eight from the field and six rebounds
Koons added 14 on 7-for-11 with Noah Pflum coming off the bench to score 13 with 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
Senor Trenton Gridley added six points. Wes Rider sparked the Shiner final quarter run with six points, six rebounds and three deflections.
Jason McClellan added four points and four assists. Jacob Bovard did not score but joined Turner and Rider with three steals each.
Rising Sun shot a blistering 65 percent from two point range.
South Ripley was led by Brady Linkel with 11. Zach Pickett had eight,and Dillan McQueen six. Avery Halcomb’s five points came in the first quarter.
Earlier in the week, Rising Sun posted a 65-53 win over Jac-Cen-Del in Osgood.
The game was tied three times in the opening quarter before Noah Pflum hit on a pair of old fashioned three point plays to push RS to a 14-11 lead after one quarter.
Pflum continued to be hot en route to a game high 21 points (just two off his career high) including 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 at the line. Rising Sun closed the half on a 12-3 run to lead 32-20.
Both teams traded baskets through the final quarter, scoring 23 points each.
Brent Turner added 20 points and 10 rebounds (his sixth double double of the season)
Jacob Bovard had a solid overall game with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Nick Koons had eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Jason McClellan had two points along with six rebounds.
Trenton Gridley had two points and four boards and Wesley Rider had two.
JCD was led by Brandon Baber 18.
Rising Sun was 23-for-53 from the field for 43 percent including 3-for-7 from behind the arc. They were 16-for-20 from the line to 4-for-11 by the host Eagles.
The Shiners out-rebounded JCD 24-32 and had 19 turnovers.
The Rising Sun reserves lost a pair of games to close 2-4 in ORVC play.
South Ripley defeated the Shiners 50-34.
The Raiders jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led 20-5, 25-9 and 39-23 after each of the first three quarters.
Jake Powell led RS with 11. Chris Bowne scored nine, Landon Cole nine, Brent Webb three and TJ Manifold two.
South Ripley was led by Connor McCarty with 12.
Jac-Cen-Del reserves won 76-32.
Rising Sun trailed 17-11 after one quarter and 27-23 at the half. JCD went on a 17-0 run before Rising Sun scored and trailed 60-27 after three quarters.
TJ Menchhofer scored 22 and was joined by Christian Comer with 14, Cameron Gehl 11, and Adrian Peetz 10.
Landon Cole led the Shiners with 16. Jake Powell had eight, Daniel Daugherty four, Max Bowne three and Peyton Bell one.