by John J. Dunn, Contributing Sportswriter
Delphi won two of the four quarters and was tied at halftime against Twin Lakes, but its Hoosier Conference rival outscored the Oracles 16-4 during the decisive 3rd period to come away with a 65-54 victory last Tuesday at DCHS.
Similar to last year, the Indians jumped out to an early lead — this time 11-0 before after three missed layups and two turnovers in Delphi’s first five possessions of the game,
Brent Hawn’s short jumper nearly three minutes into the contest put the first Oracle points on the scoreboard and began a stretch in which Delphi played perhaps as well as it has all season for the remainder of the 1st half.
The Oracles outscored the Indians 25-11 over the next nine minutes, narrowing the deficit to 18-13 at the end of the 1st period and taking their first lead of the game at 25-22 after a Hawn 3-pointer with 4:09 left in the half.
After a Twin Lakes basket, Tyler Ross answered with an acrobatic layup, and Hawn hit another 3-pointer to give Delphi its final lead of the game at 30-29 with 45 seconds left in the half before an Indian foul shot tied it at 30 at halftime.
Hawn led the charge with 13 1st half points, followed by Ross with six and Adam Zink with five.
But Twin Lakes (14-5) opened the 2nd half with six straight points and then went on an 8-0 run to close the 3rd period to take control of the game with a 46-34 lead at the break that was too much to overcome.
The Oracles outscored the Indians 20-19 during the final period, but could not get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
“We did everything that we needed to do to be successful in this game, other than win,” Delphi head coach Adam Ballard said. “We defended well and rebounded well and got the shots that we wanted in our offense, but we missed 16 layups.”
“Twin Lakes however, made their free throws and finished around the basket,” he added. “If we are going to beat a team of their caliber, we must capitalize on opportunities when we have them.”
The Indians made only 2-of-11 from 3-point range (18.2 percent), but made 52.5 percent of their shots overall, including 21-of-28 free throws. The Oracles shot 40.0 percent overall and made only 6-of-13 of foul shots.
Hawn finished with 20 points to lead Delphi, followed by Blaine Walters with 18, Ross and Adam Zink with six apiece, and Mason Lane and Adam Shanks with two each.
The Oracles (10-9) hosted Class 2A #13-ranked Tipton Tuesday night (too late for print) in their final conference game of the season, before hosting Frontier on Friday and playing at Pioneer on Saturday, both with 6 pm JV tip-offs.
JV wins in OT — The Delphi JV (6-14) defeated Twin Lakes 34-33 in overtime.
Daniel Jakes led with nine points, followed by Cade Murray and Weston Windell with six apiece, Kain Myer with five, Wil Schwindler and Vladimir Danicic with three each and John Beale with two.