Oracles overtake Comets
by John J. Dunn, Contributing Sportswriter
Delphi used a strong 2nd half performance and a tough defensive effort to win at Caston 43-35 Saturday night and improve its season record to 6-3.
Playing the Comets for only the third time in school history after renewing the series last season, the Oracles trailed 16-13 at halftime after an offensively-challenged 1st half, but had a 7-2 spurt to open the 3rd period to take a 20-18 lead at the 4:49 mark, then later used a 7-0 run to close the quarter with a 29-24 lead.
Brent Hawn scored the first five points of the 4th period to cap a 12-0 run, then Mason Lane canned a trey from the corner to give Delphi its largest lead at 37-26 with 4:13 left before settling for the final margin.
“I was really pleased with the way we battled,” Oracle head coach Adam Ballard said. I thought we played very well defensively, .but we have to make free throws and rebound better.”
Delphi was impressive on the defensive end, forcing 20 turnovers and limiting the Comets to only 34.1 percent shooting overall from the field, including 20.0 percent (3-of-15) from beyond the arc.
The Oracles got off to a slow start, committing six of their 14 turnovers in the 1st period to trail 10-5 at the break and made only 4-of-19 shots (21.1 percent) overall and 1-of-5 from 3-pt. range in the 1st half, before hitting 11-of-20 (.550) overall and 4-of-8 from long range in the 2nd half.
“Tyler Ross played a great 2nd half,” Ballard added. “Hawn made big shots when we needed them and Lane and Adam Shanks played great games. We would not have won without them.”
Hawn led Delphi with 19 points, followed by Lane with eight, Ross with six and a team-high nine rebounds, Shanks and Weston Windell with four points apiece, and Adam Zink with two.
The Oracles are off this weekend before playing the next three games at home, starting with Hoosier Conference foe Tipton on Tuesday with a 6 pm JV tip-off.
JV wins again
The Delphi JV (4-4) won its second-in-a row with a 48-44 win over Caston.
Daniel Jakes led with 20 points, followed by Cade Murray with 16, Kain Myer eight, and Weston Windell and Jensyn Reef with two apiece.