Richmond returns to NCC action Friday night against the Raiders of Harrison. Here is a look at the Raiders:


Coach: Mark Rinehart, 102-98 in 9th year at school

RECORD: 13-2



Nov. 27 at            Rossville                                               W            46           37

Dec. 2    N             Twin Lakes                                          W            54           39

Dec. 6    at            Lafayette Jeff                                     L              48           54

Dec. 7    N             West Lafayette                                 W            53           38

Dec. 13                 Lafayette Jeff                                    L              48           62

Dec. 14                 North Montgomery                         W            73           39

Dec. 20 at            McCutcheon                                      W            65           60

Dec. 28 N             Illiana Christian                                 W            66           49

Dec. 28 at            Kankakee Valley                               W            61           44

Jan. 3                     Tri-West                                               W            67           52

Jan. 4     at            Calumet                                               W            74           41

Jan. 10                   Indianapolis Tech                             W            53           50

Jan. 17                   Kokomo                                               W            58           37

Jan. 18   at            West Lafayette                                  W            56           52 2OT

Jan. 24                   Anderson                                            W            70           57


SAGARIN RATINGS: Harrison, 82.93, 47th overall, 32nd in 4A. Richmond, 75.08, 97th overall, 60th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Harrison defeated Anderson, 70-57. Richmond defeated Pendleton Heights, 77-71, OT.

vs. COMMON FOES: Harrison 2-0; Richmond 1-1.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Harrison 123-103. Richmond 105-117.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Tied, 3-3.

LAST MEETING: Harrison, 64-35, Jan. 25, 2019.



Points Per Game                               59.3

Def Rebounds Per Game                19.5

Off Rebounds Per Game                  6.7

Rebounds Per Game                        26.3

Assists Per Game                              12.7

Steals Per Game                                4.9

Blocks Per Game                               3.1

Turnovers Per Game                       11.5

Fouls Per Game                                14.7

Offensive Rebounds                        101

Defensive Rebounds                        293

Rebounds                                           394

Assists                                                  191

Steals                                                    74

Blocks                                                   46

Turnovers                                           172

Fouls                                                    220

FG Per Game                                     325

FG Attemps                                        639

FG %                                                     51

Points Per Shot                                 1.4

Adjusted FG Percentage                  55

3pt Made                                            52

3pt Attempts                                     171

3pt FG Percentage                            30

FT Made                                              188

FT Attempts                                       286

FT Per Game                                       66

2pt Made                                            273

2pt Attempts                                     468

2pt FG Percentage                            58

Assists Per Turnover                       1.11

Steals Per Turnover                         0.43

Steals Per Foul                                   0.34

Blocks Per Foul                                  0.21

Charges Taken                                   25

Deflections                                         52

Technical Fouls                                   0

Double Double                                   5



#12 Jordan Walters Senior  

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#11 Camden Smith Senior

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#15 Jonah Lucas Sophomore

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#23 Deandre Alsup Senior 6-2

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#35 Bryant Smith Junior

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Camaraderie carrying Harrison to special season

WEST LAFAYETTE — Harrison coach Mark Rinehart wanted to deliver a message to his captains.

After slacking off during a defensive drill at practice, they were reprimanded.

When the starting lineups were announced prior to Friday’s home game against Anderson, Jordan Walters, Camden Smith and DeAndre Alsup were noticeably omitted.

Those three integral parts to the Raiders’ success this season watched as a starting lineup that consisted of regular starters Jonah Lucas and Bryant Smith, along with first-time starters Ben Henderson, Caleb Williams and Justin Haberstroh went to-to-toe with a young up-and-coming Indians team for the first quarter.

On the bench, Harrison’s captains cheered and instructed until Rinehart was ready to see if his move resonated with the senior trio.

“You can’t just say, ‘Hey we need to do things the right way’ and there’s nothing to back up behind it,” Rinehart  “Those three guys, they are awesome.

“They owned up to the fact that we had slipped up in practice and took responsibility. I am most proud of the way they acted. A lot of 17-year-olds will put their chin on their chest on the bench and pout. That is not those three guys.”

Harrison outscored the Indians 20-4 in the second quarter and held off Anderson’s late charge for a 70-57 victory at May Gymnasium.

It was Harrison’s 10th straight win.

Walters finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant Smith, the junior guard who missed a game earlier this season with an illness, scored a career-high 17 points, including six in a two-minute stretch late when Anderson closed the gap to single digits.

“We just want to win. We don’t care what happens with ourselves,” Bryant Smith said. “We just want to win the game. I feel like everyone has that mentality and that is why we’re doing well this year.”

It’s not by accident the Raiders keep finding ways to win games with that team-first mindset.

They’ve won via blowout. They’ve rallied late. They’ve held off opponents in the waning seconds.

But they just keep winning.

The bench, whether it be senior captains or kids who rarely see the floor, is always engaged and encouraging. Taking a charge is as celebrated, if not more celebrated, than a made basket.

That unselfishness is why the Raiders have already matched last year’s win total with eight regular-season games to go.

Harrison (13-2) played 11 players Friday night, including the season debut of junior guard Max Jacobsen, who returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Zion King sprained his ankle in practice this week and Nick Matson had the flu. Both were out Friday night. Junior guard Peyton Welch continues to find spot minutes in a crowded lineup.

The Raiders have at least 13 varsity players that Rinehart is comfortable playing meaningful minutes, a luxury few teams have.

It’s certainly more depth than he’s had in his nine seasons at Harrison.

“These guys are a team. They are going to do it together and they do it on both ends,” Rinehart said. “I have confidence that those guys who don’t get to play a lot can go out there and function.”

Having that much talent makes for beneficiary, yet intense practices that can set up any game-like scenario.

“Our practices are very intense,” Bryant Smith said. “Everyone is super competitive and we all want to get better and push each other.”

That’s why Rinehart wasn’t suffice with his senior captains not giving 100 percent this week.

He knows the potential of this team.

But if the Raiders are to reach their potential, they need everyone on board every day.

That much is clear as Walters, Alsup and Camden Smith all had to wait their turn Friday.

Once they were let loose, they responded.

Friday night, the senior trio combined to go 18-for-22 from the field and score 44 cumulative points.

“We can’t take anything for granted, even practice,” Walters said. “We have to continue getting better and we weren’t doing a good enough job leading our team.

“We were excited to get back in and play and show that we were ready for the game.”


Jordan Walters lifts Harrison over West Lafayette in 2OT

WEST LAFAYETTE — Jordan Walters has been overlooked.

Locally, though, opposing players and coaches know how good the Harrison senior is.

All season long, he’s continued to prove it.

But Saturday night with his team trailing by double digits at halftime, Walters — with college coaches in attendance watching — showed exactly what anyone who isn’t recruiting him is missing.

Walters scored 30 points, 22 of those after halftime, to lead the Raiders to a 56-52 double-overtime victory over West Lafayette at Berberian Gymnasium.

“I would say I have something to prove every night trying to be the best player I can be,” said Walters, who has offers from NCAA Division II programs Lincoln Memorial and Florida Southern and a three-year offer from Division I Incarnate Word. “If I go out there and be myself, that’s good enough.”

West Side coach David Wood can attest to that.

Walters was challenged by his own coaches at halftime to be more aggressive and match WL’s physicality after Yanni Karlaftis was dominant for the Red Devils in the first two quarters.

Walters drew four fouls on Karlaftis in the third and fourth quarters, leaving West Lafayette without its leading scorer and rebounder for the final 1:43 of regulation and two four-minute overtime periods.

He then sent the game to overtime with his five-foot shot with four seconds left in the fourth quarter, piggybacking off a big 3-pointer by Bryant Smith on the previous Harrison possession.

“We’re hopefully not going to foul him there, but he did a good job getting to the rim and made a play,” Wood said. “He made a lot of plays tonight.”

Walters’ two free throws with three minutes left in the second overtime gave Harrison a 50-48 lead. West Side couldn’t catch back up as DeAndre Alsup scored five of his nine points in the final 1:17.

It spoiled a potential marquee victory for a rising West Lafayette team that got 17 points and seven rebounds from Karlaftis, 12 points from Tyler Boyle and eight apiece from Will Lasater and Braeden Shrewsberry.

“When you get in a double overtime game, you’ll look at it on several possessions. One possession here, one possession there,” Wood said. “We missed some free throws when we needed to make free throws.

“Both teams played their hearts out. It was a great West Lafayette-Harrison basketball game. It is almost always. Even when a team gets way ahead, it’s going to be close at the end. We play hard and we play right and they play hard and they play right.”

In a game that often goes to the wire, Walters was the difference maker.

After eight points in the opening half, he scored nine in the third quarter to help close a 27-17 halftime deficit to four entering the fourth quarter.

He had seven more points in the fourth quarter and six in the two overtime periods.

“He has worked really hard to develop his game,” Harrison coach Mark Rinehart said. “That is a kid that just got 30 points and didn’t take a shot outside of the rim as a sophomore. He has put the work in and our guys want him to take that (final) shot.”