Zeller puts up 24 and 11 in a loss

NEW CASTLE — Cody Zeller has seen just about every defense so far this season as opponents try to stop Washington’s big man from single-handedly leading the Hatchets to a win.

On Thursday morning in the first round of the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic, that meant a smaller Center Grove Trojan constantly jabbing him while also getting help whenever Zeller did get the ball.

“Its a little bit frustrating, but I’ve seen just about everything,” Zeller said. ” I am used to it.”

Zeller finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, but did not take a shot in the third quarter as Center Grove pulled away for  a 68-64 win.

Zeller and the Hatchets will play again at 6 p.m. against the loser of the Bloomington South-Warsaw game.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound IU commit had 12 points and four rebounds in the first eight minutes, as Washington built a 26-17 lead. The Trojans came back and made it a two-point game at half, then took over in the third quarter.

“We came out hitting a lot of shots,” Zeller said. “We were moving really well. They switched defenses throughout the game. But we were just hitting shots in the first half.”

Tom Crean and Tim Buckley were both in attendance to watch Zeller.

Here’s Inside the Hall’s audio of the interview.