by John J. Dunn, Contributing Sportswriter
Delphi bounced back from a pair of tough losses with a 74-53 win over West Central last Tuesday at DCHS before losing Saturday at Lewis Cass 66-23.
The Oracles led 29-26 at halftime against the Trojans, then used a 7-1 run to start the 2nd half and never looked back, stretching the margin to 49-35 at the end of the 3rd period before cruising to the win.
Brent Hawn continued his hot-shooting, scoring 16 of Delphi’s 20 3rd period points, including four his five 3-pointers in the contest, en route to a game-high 31 points.
Tyler Ross added 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, and Blaine Walters had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
“We got off to a slow start, but were able to turn it on in the second half,” Oracle head coach Adam Ballard said. “We did a much better job of closing out the game than what we had been.”
Delphi got three straight baskets from Ross to start the game against a West Central 2-3 zone and took a 9-8 lead at the break, before the Trojans used a 6-2 run to take their only lead of the game at 14-11 with 4:27 left in the 2nd period.
Walters responded with an and-one to tie it at 14 with 4:15 left in the quarter, then Hawn followed with a 3-pointer and a steal and layup to give the Oracles a lead they would never relinquish.
Ross closed the half with eight of Delphi’s final 10 points to give him a game-high 14 at the half.
Weston Windell finished with six points; Cole Kesling added four, Adam Shanks had three, and Cade Murray two.
The Oracles shot a season-high 65.2 percent from the field overall, including 6-of-16 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Trojans 26-12, led by Ross with five boards.
Delphi (8-6) plays at Hoosier Conference rival West Lafayette on Friday and at South Newton on Saturday with both games scheduled for 6:30 JV tip-offs.
at Lewis Cass — The short-handed Oracles fought hard against the Kings, but were outmatched in this one.
Cass took an 11-2 lead at the end of the 1st period and led 18-2 with 5:59 left in the half before Delphi went on a 13-4 run over the next five minutes, including treys from Shanks and Murray, to pull to within seven at 22-15 with 55.6 seconds left, but would get no closer.
The Kings (9-4) took a 24-15 lead into halftime and then outscored the Oracles 21-0 in the 3rd period to pull away.
Delphi was held to 18.9 percent (7-of-37) shooting from the floor, 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from 3-point range and committed 22 turnovers.
Shanks led the Oracles with seven points, followed by Windell with four, Walters and Murray with three apiece, and Ross, Kesling and Mason Lane with two each. Delphi was without the services of Hawn due to injury.
“We were extremely flat and lacked any confidence to succeed without Brent,” Ballard said. “We must have players that are willing to step up and fill voids when someone goes down with an injury.”
JV also defeat Trojans
The Delphi JV (5-10) defeated West Central 46-23, after a pair of losses in the White County JV tournament at North White last week to Tri-County 48-21 and Frontier 50-44, and then lost to Cass 53-34.
Against the Trojans, Kain Myer led with 17 points, followed by Cade Murray with 10, William Schwindler eight, Weston Windell seven, and Vladimir Danicic four.
Myer scored 16 points against the Kings, Murray added nine, Danicic four, Schwindler three, and John Beale had two.
Myer again led with 19 points against the Falcons, followed by Murray with 15, Beale nine, and Schwindler one.
Against the Cavaliers, Murray had 10 points, Danicic four, Schwindler three, and Myer and Ben Lucas had two apiece.