Richmond will host Logansport Saturday. The Berries will play two games this week before coming to the Tiernan Center. Here is the Quick Scout of Logansport:

QUICK SCOUT: KOKOMO WILDKATS

Coach: Robert Wonnell, 19-24 in 2nd year at school, 174-111 in 12th year overall

OVERALL RECORD: 7-12

NCC RECORD: 1-6

 

RESULTS

Nov. 20 at           Western 3A                                      L             47           53

Nov. 24 at           Westfield 4A                                    L             33           75

Nov. 30 at           Peru 3A                                              W           47           35

Dec. 7                   McCutcheon 4A                              L             49           56

Dec. 14                Marion 3A                                        L             55           56

Dec. 15 at           Huntington North 4A                     L             41           56

Dec. 21                Zionsville 4A                                     L             47           69

Dec. 22                Lebanon 3A                                      W           62           47

Dec. 28 N            Indianapolis Herron 3A                  W           81           49

Dec. 29 N            Fishers 4A                                         L             57           65

Dec. 29 at           Lebanon 3A                                      W           48           36

Jan. 4     at           Logansport 4A                                 L             63           72

Jan. 5                    Fort Wayne Northrop 4A              W           69           67

Jan. 11                 Harrison 4A                                      W           51           47

Jan. 18  at           Muncie Central 4A                         L             52           62

Jan. 23  at           Tipton 2A                                          L             66           67 OT

Jan. 25  at           Lafayette Jeff 4A                             L             70           91

Jan. 26                 Lewis Cass 2A                                   W           57           37

Jan. 31  at           Indianapolis Tech 4A                      L             52           56

 

VS RICHMOND LAST SEASON:

RHS 71 KOKOMO 64

 

RECENT SERIES:

RHS 5 KOKOMO 5

 

TEAM STATS

Points Per Game                             52.4

Def Rebounds Per Game               18.5

Off Rebounds Per Game                7.7

Rebounds Per Game                      26.0

Assists Per Game                             10.5

Steals Per Game                              6.7

Blocks Per Game                             1.9

Turnovers Per Game                      13.2

Fouls Per Game                               14.0

Points                                                 1047

FG Per Game                                    388

FG Attemps                                       846

FG %                                                   46

Points Per Shot                                1.2

Adjusted FG Percentage                51

Points Per 32                                    10.9

Assists Per 32                                   2.2

Rebounds Per 32                             5.4

Steals Per 32                                    1.4

Blocks Per 32                                   0.4

Turnovers Per 32                            2.7

Fouls Per 32                                     2.9

 

 

TOP PLAYERS TO WATCH:

#0 Jeremy Baker Junior 6-1 G

Points Per Game

11.1

Assists Per Game

2.0

Rebounds Per Game

3.9

Steals Per Game

0.9

 

#32 Deonta Chamberlain Senior 6-3 F

Points Per Game

11.1

Assists Per Game

0.9

Rebounds Per Game

10.4

Steals Per Game

0.8

Blocks Per Game

0.8

 

#13 Bobby Wonnell Freshman 6-1 G

Points Per Game

8.7

Assists Per Game

0.9

Rebounds Per Game

2.4

Steals Per Game

0.6

 

#3 Shemar Robinson Senior 6-0 G

Points Per Game

8.6

Assists Per Game

1.5

Rebounds Per Game

2.2

Steals Per Game

0.4

 

#23 Jackson Richards Sophomore 6-0

Points Per Game

8.5

Assists Per Game

1.5

Rebounds Per Game

3.6

Steals Per Game

1.4

Blocks Per Game

0.5

 

#4 Deshuan Coleman Sophomore 6-0 G

Points Per Game

6.8

Assists Per Game

0.4

Rebounds Per Game

2.0

Steals Per Game

0.2

Blocks Per Game

0.2

 

#1 Jayveon White Senior 5-9 G

oints Per Game

6.5

Assists Per Game

4.6

Rebounds Per Game

3.5

Steals Per Game

2.4

 

LAST GAME VS. INDY TECH

KOKOMO TRIBUNE

INDIANAPOLIS — Kokomo’s boys basketball team had a frustrating road trip Thursday.

Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor and holding Hunter Jackson, a top player in the Class of 2020 in the state, to just one made field goal, the Wildkats could not get the job done in North Central Conference play at Arsenal Tech.

Jackson connected on 5 of 6 free throws in the final 31 seconds as the Titans (5-11, 3-4) squeezed out a 56-52 win.

“It’s hard and the kids just have got to keep it together,” Kokomo assistant coach Larry Nicks said. “Right now our main is to keep getting better until the sectionals. We were hoping to get a bit bigger of a lead on them and force them into some rushed shots in the second half, but we weren’t able to do that.”

Kokomo (7-12, 1-6 NCC) led for much of the game, but could never get ahead by more than six points. The Wildkats led 47-42 after an and-one 3-point play with 5:32 left in the game, but failed to score for almost five minutes until Bobby Wonnell scored on a drive with :35 left.

In that time Tech (5-11, 3-4) went on a critical 9-0 run to take a 51-47 lead. It was Jackson’s only field goal, a 3-pointer, that put the Titans in front for good with 2:21 left.

“The problem is that they had five more offensive rebounds than we did in the first half and we had five more turnovers than they did,” said Nicks. “That basically gave them 10 more possessions and I know they got some putbacks on those offensive rebounds. Those are the type of things that will come back to bite you.”

Kokomo had a few chances in the last 30 seconds to get the win. Jackson Richards connected on a 3-pointer to make it 53-52 Tech with :21 left. Jackson then had his only miss at the line as he split a pair to make it 54-52.

The Wildkats came down and got a good look at a corner 3 from Deonta Chamberlain, but it rimmed out with :07 left and Jackson secured the rebound. His final two free throws at :04.9 sealed the win.

“[Jackson] was going to get the ball in his hands down the stretch and the problem with that is that we couldn’t keep the ball out of his hands,” said Nicks. “If we could have kept the ball out of his hands we might have forced some of their other guys to make some plays but we weren’t able to do that.”

Making this game more frustrating for the Kats is that Kokomo led at every stop except the final one. Kokomo was up 14-10 after one and 24-23 at the half. They held a 39-36 lead entering the final period and six straight points from Wonnell on consecutive possessions had them in great shape leading 47-42, but they could not close the game out. Turnovers were the biggest difference as Kokomo had 13 to Tech’s five.

Wonnell led Kokomo with 13 points while Richards and Chamberlain each had 10. Chamberlain added seven rebounds.

 

 

 

QUICK SCOUT: LOGANSPORT BERRIES

Coach: Pat Skaggs, 101-31 in 6th year at school, 381-237 in 27th year overall

OVERALL RECORD: 14-2

NCC RECORD: 5-1

RESULTS

Nov. 20 at           Peru 3A                                              W           94           50

Dec. 1                   Western 3A                                      W           52           34

Dec. 7                   Muncie Central 4A                         W           75           74

Dec. 8                   Rochester 2A                                    W           69           39

Dec. 14                Lafayette Jeff 4A                             W           86           72

Dec. 15 at           Maconaquah 3A                              W           89           62

Dec. 19                Caston 1A                                          W           64           38

Dec. 21 N            Pioneer 1A                                        W           95           61

Dec. 28 N            South Bend St. Joseph 3A             W           87           56

Dec. 28 N            LaPorte 4A                                        L             79           82

Jan. 4                    Kokomo 4A                                       W           72           63

Jan. 11  at           McCutcheon 4A                              W           56           41

Jan. 15                 Lewis Cass 2A                                   W           69           58

Jan. 25  at           Marion 3A                                        L             74           91

Jan. 26  at           Noblesville 4A                                  W           60           58 OT

Feb. 1    at           Harrison 4A                                      W           62           57

Feb. 5    at           Winamac 2A       7:30 pm

Feb. 8                   Anderson 4A © 7:30 pm

 

  1. RICHMOND LAST SEASON: LOGANSPORT 61-55

 

RECENT SERIES:

RHS 6 LOGANSPORT 4

 

SAGARIN RATINGS: Logansport, 81.38, 49th overall, 37th in 4A

 

TEAM STATS (AS OF LATEST REPORT)

Points Per Game                             74.7

Def Rebounds Per Game               19.9

Off Rebounds Per Game                9.0

Rebounds Per Game                      28.9

Assists Per Game                             17.5

Steals Per Game                              10.9

Blocks Per Game                             3.9

Turnovers Per Game                      11.8

Fouls Per Game                               12.9

Points                                                 1121

FG Per Game                                    427

FG Attemps                                       822

FG %                                                   52

Points Per Shot                                1.4

Adjusted FG Percentage                58

Points                                                 1121

3pt Made                                          94

3pt Attempts                                    279

3pt FG Percentage                          34

FT Made                                            173

FT Attempts                                      237

FT Per Game                                     73

2pt Made                                          333

2pt Attempts                                    543

2pt FG Percentage                          61

Points Per 32                                    75.5

Assists Per 32                                   17.7

Rebounds Per 32                             29.2

Steals Per 32                                    11.0

Blocks Per 32                                   3.9

Turnovers Per 32                            11.9

Fouls Per 32                                     13.1

 

TOP PLAYERS (STATS OF LATEST REPORT)

#11 Will Penny Senior 6-5 SF

Points Per Game

25.9

Assists Per Game

2.5

Rebounds Per Game

5.6

Steals Per Game

2.4

Blocks Per Game

1.3

 

#3 Sam Skaggs Senior 6-0 PG

20.6

Assists Per Game

7.9

Rebounds Per Game

3.7

Steals Per Game

4.4

 

#30 Evan Hassett Junior 6-7 C

Points Per Game

8.9

Assists Per Game

0.6

Rebounds Per Game

3.7

Steals Per Game

0.4

Blocks Per Game

1.4

 

#25 Tucker Platt Senior 6-2 SF

Points Per Game

7.7

Assists Per Game

2.9

Rebounds Per Game

4.0

Steals Per Game

0.8

 

 

 

RECENT GAME AGAINST HARRISON

LOGANSPORT PHAROSTRIBUNE

WEST LAFAYETTE — No win is easy on the road in the North Central Conference. Logansport found that out Friday night at Harrison.

The Berries prevailed with a solid second half and held on for an all-important 62-57 win over the Raiders to improve to 14-2 overall and remained atop the NCC with a 5-1 mark, a half-game ahead of Marion.

“In the locker room (at halftime) we talked about wanting it more and going after the ball harder and just having more of a sense of urgency, and I think we had that,” said senior guard Sam Skaggs, who finished with 14 points, eight assists and five boards.

The Berries played zone in the first half, but they went to a man-to-man defense and it paid dividends. They held the Raiders (10-5, 3-4) to eight points in the third quarter.

“I thought we played decent help side, got some nice blocks and bothered them a lot,” Sam Skaggs said.

Logan trailed 30-25 at the half but responded in the second half, starting the third quarter with an 8-2 run to take a 33-32 lead on a 3-pointer by Skaggs with 6 minutes remaining.

Coach Pat Skaggs urged his charges from the sideline, “You gotta play.”

The Berries kept it going, and senior guard Will Penny scored seven of his 16 points in the third. A Penny bucket with 3:22 left in the period broke the last tie of the game and put Logan up 39-37. A Skaggs basket gave the Berries a 41-38 lead after three quarters.

“I thought in the second half we just played with a little more energy,” coach Skaggs said. “I changed a few things on offense that helped us a little bit. It was just a total team win there, and we needed everybody.

“I’m proud of Evan Hassett stepping back up and finishing around the basket.”

Logan continued the surge in the fourth quarter, jumping ahead 48-40 on another bucket from Hassett and took its biggest lead at 52-43 with 4:15 left in the game.

Harrison went on one last run and cut the Logansport lead to 56-55 with 1:08 left. Logan went up 58-55 on two free throws by Penny, but Tucker Platt missed two from the line with :47 left.

Platt redeemed himself by jumping on a loose ball on the floor and calling a timeout to get the ball back. He later was fouled and sank two free throws with 9 seconds left to put Logan ahead 62-57.

“He came in and knocked them down,” Sam Skaggs said. “He’s a confident kid.”

Coach Skaggs said Platt put the last two misses behind him.

“Those were huge there at the very end,” he said.

Hassett scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, working a nice two-man game with Skaggs.

“He was getting me the ball, and I was lucky to get them to go down,” Hassett said.

Skaggs said it was pretty simple.

“I just kept penetrating,” he said. “I knew I could get by my guy, and his guy just kept sliding up and he was ready for the ball. It’s a good offense.”

The Berries led 18-14 at the first stop, but the Raiders rallied behind Jordan Walters, who scored four of his team-high 20 points in the second quarter, and got two 3-pointers from Max Jacobsen. The Raiders led 26-20 midway through the period.

“They got too many set 3s against our zone there in the first half, and I don’t know if I ever really felt comfortable when we were on defense,” coach Skaggs said. “I thought we just played a little harder when we were in man, and guys were dialed in a little bit more on the scouting report — who’s going to drive and who’s going to shoot. Fortunately for us, we made enough plays.”

Penny scored the 1,000th point of his career during the contest. He’s the second Berry to reach 1,000 points this year, joining Sam Skaggs, and the 10th all-time on the boys side. He’s also the fourth member of his family, joining siblings Jasmine, Antonio and Nakeya.

The Berries have three league games remaining, starting with Anderson next Friday in the Berry Bowl, at Richmond on Feb. 9 and Tech at home on Feb. 15. Three wins would secure their second NCC title in the past three seasons.

“That’s the goal, and that would be awesome,” Sam Skaggs said. “Obviously, it’s going to be difficult. I don’t think any is going to be easy at all. We’re going to have to play our best and really want it. That’s definitely what is going to come down to.”

 

  1. NOBLESVILLE

Will Penny caught fire in the second half on Saturday night to lead the Logansport boys basketball team to a 60-58 win in overtime at Noblesville.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard scored 37 of his career-high 39 points after halftime to lead the Class 4A No. 10 Berries (13-2), who bounced back from a loss at Marion Friday night in a game that Penny sat several minutes due to foul trouble.

Penny added a team-high eight rebounds in the win. After being held to two points on 1 of 6 shooting from the field in the first half, Penny erupted over the final 16 minutes of regulation and four-minute overtime session, scoring 37 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field including 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range. He also made 14 of 15 free throws.

Sam Skaggs added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. He reinjured his ankle that has been bothering him the last month and had to leave the game for a time in the third quarter but was able to return and finish the game.

The Berries knew the Millers like to play at a methodical pace and Noblesville led 18-13 at halftime. The Berries took a 27-26 lead after three. Logan’s lead in the fourth quarter grew to as big as 10 before the Millers stormed back to tie the game with a 13-3 run to force overtime with the game tied at 42-all. Xavier Hines hit a game-tying 3 with 35 seconds left. The Berries held for the final shot but turned the ball over in the closing seconds.

In the overtime session Logan took a 56-50 lead with 32 seconds left after two free throws by Penny. Noblesville hit a free throw and then scored on a putback basket off a missed free throw to make it 56-53 with 22 seconds left. The teams traded free throws before Penny broke the press and threw down a dunk to give Logan a 60-55 lead. Noblesville hit from 30 feet as time expired for the final score.

Hines scored 21 points, Jordan Schmidt had 14 points, six steals and five assists and Eagan Keever-Hill added 11 points to lead the Millers (8-8). The Berries held leading scorer Zack Johnson to five points, 11 under his average.

Noblesville is the 11th biggest school in the state with an enrollment nearing 3,000. Logan won its third straight against Noblesville and is 3-3 all-time against the Millers and 3-1 since the recent series began.

Logansport coach Pat Skaggs talked to WSAL’s Joe Stetz and Steve Isaacs after the game about his squad’s win. It was Skaggs’ 100th win at Logansport. He is 100-31 in his sixth season at LHS.

“Will Penny, I know he had a tough night [Friday] night, was saddled with some foul calls, but he was outstanding tonight. Big shot after big shot and clutch free throws,” Skaggs said.

The Berries started the game with a 9-0 run and then had a tough stretch to end the first half. They also had a chance to win the game in regulation and even in the overtime session they almost allowed the Millers to pull off a comeback.

“I went in there and told them, I said guys, at times it looks like we have five seniors on the floor and a couple times it looked like we had five sophomores on the floor, including Sam Skaggs,” Pat Skaggs said. “Sam made a couple silly plays that he normally doesn’t make. And we’re fouling. They’re in the bonus there late. We really did some uncharacteristic things. But those are some things we can work on a little bit more in practice with some time and score situations.”

In the end it was a big win for the Berries to beat the Millers.

“They’re going to play everybody close. They play such a tough schedule and just are so used to being patient,” Skaggs told WSAL. “It’s good to have those coaching debates. We had one at halftime and of course they’re going, ‘Should we play faster?’ And I said, no, you can’t play fast against these guys. We’ll end up taking bad shots if we play too fast. I thought probably the turning point in the game, not only did we get back into it fairly quick in the third quarter, not being down 5 that we’re out of it, but I thought there were 2-3-4 possessions in a row where we would run maybe 25 to 30, 40 seconds off the clock. That’s normally the way they play and they do that to a lot of people, so that was obviously huge on our part.

“I never really felt comfortable over there. We were up 5 or 6 with 1:10 to go or whatever, and that game wasn’t over till the very end.”

Logan travels to Harrison on Thursday for an NCC game.

“We’ve got a tough one coming up Thursday, but hopefully we can grow a little bit from this game tonight because it was a battle from start to finish,” Skaggs said.