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UPDATE, North Central wins 82-77

After a shaky first three quarters, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera took over. With Terone Johnson essentially taken out of the game by Jeffersonville’s Box and One defense, Smith-Rivera worked in the middle of the zone and made Jeffersonville pay. He had 16 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists as North Central won 82-77 to advance to the state championship game. His game obviously didn’t look anything like it eventually will in college. He almost never brought the ball up and rarely saw the perimeter in the second half, but he scored on post-ups and screen and rolls.

Johnson had just two points in the second half, but finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. His younger brother Ronnie, a sophomore guard had 15 points and three assists. North Central finished with 48 points in the paint and capitalized on almost all of Jeffersonville’s mistakes. The Panthers scored 24 points on 14 Jeffersonville turnovers.

Evan Maschmeyer led Jeffersonville with 18 points and six assists. Drake Coleman had 16 points and three assists. A.J. Adams and Kegan Clark had 11 points each and V.J. Billups had 10 points.

UPDATE, End of 3rd quarter

North Central’s Trip McFall and Jeffersonville’s A.J. Adams just matched layups and North Central leads 60-54 going into the fourth quarter. It’s been back and fourth the whole way. Evan Maschmeyer found his range for Jeffersonville. D’Vauntes Smith Rivera had a chance to take over, but missed three free throws.

They got back to it pretty quick there. More at the end of the game.

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Update: End of First Half

Terone Johnson had been mostly quiet in this game until just now. Jeffersonville had an 9-0 run to cut North Central’s lead to 37-33, but Johnson hit two monster 3-pointers to give North Central a 45-37 lead at halftime. Obviously, he’s going to Purdue, and no Indiana fans wants to hear this, but he’s going to be outstanding at the next level. He’s the type of player who can make any play you need whenever you need it. At halftime he has 13 points after those two shots.

D’Vauntes Smith Rivera has five points, shooting 2-for-5 from the field and 0-for-3 from beyond the arc. However, he also has five assists and four rebounds. He’s not the primary ball handler all the time, but he can make great passes from seemingly anywhere on the floor.

After Johnson, North Central has six players with at least four points. Patrick Ingram has seven.

Jeffersonville is hanging in there. The Red Devils finally hit some 3-pointers at the end of the half, though they’re still 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. Evan Maschmeyer is leading them with eight points and five assists.

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UPDATE, End of First quarter

So North Central is on pace to score 100 points. Seriously.

End of the 1st quarter, the Panthers lead 25-16, and really, the game’s being played faster than that. The ball is really not spending a lot of time in the half court at all. Jeffersonville just can’t get a shot to fall right now, but as evidenced by last week’s South game, the Red Devils can hit a bunch in a hurry, so this is a long way from over.

D’Vauntes Smith Rivera has five points. Tough to get a great read on him so far because North Central moves the ball so well, and he’s clearly not the team’s first option. Regardless, as a team North Central looks really good. Terone Johnson only has two points so far, and with the supporting cast playing as well as hit has, it doesn’t matter

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Some media seats cleared out, at least one good samaritan (the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep) helped me out, and I have an outlet now, so my battery is going to survive some live-blogging.

Anyway, Jeffersonville just went off the floor after warm-ups, and North Central’s doing it’s rebounding drill … and now it’s off the floor. We’ve got 5:50 to tip off.

Main goal here, of course, is to watch D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. My first attempt at this didn’t quite work out, as he was injured when North Central played Pike and Hugh and I went to see that game.

This should be an interesting game. And a track meet. We’ll see.

2 comments

  1. I hope my alma mater, Jeffersonville, can pull another rabbit out of their hat, like they did against Bloomington South. When I was in high school Bloomington South (which was just Bloomington High School back then) was very good at just about every sport except basketball. The football team won 60-something in a row. The wrestling team seemingly never lost. Opening North diluted a rich talent pool.

  2. Funny how everywhere you go, no matter what thread, there is a reminder of what happened to Steve Alford when he finally faced real talent…

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