by John J. Dunn, Contributing Sportswriter
Delphi honored its seven seniors in their regular season finale, and they came through with a strong performance combining for 40 points in the 47-40 victory over North White Friday at DCHS.
Adam Shanks nearly had his first career double-double, posting career highs in both points (11) & rebounds (9), Brent Hawn had team-highs of 14 points & four assists, and Tyler Ross pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Mason Lane scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, Adam Zink had four points, two assists and a steal, and Cole Kesling had a pair of boards and an assist in his first career start.
After trailing 5-3, Ross made a layup to tie it with 3:51 left in the 1st period and start a 13-0 run, capped off with a pair of treys from Lane — one to give the Oracles a 13-5 lead at the break and the other to start the 2nd period.
After the Vikings sliced the lead to 16-10 with 7:10 left in the quarter, Delphi had a 6-0 spurt on baskets by Shanks, Hawn and Blaine Walters to extend the margin to a game-high 12 points with 5:34 left in the half.
But North White (12-11) kept it close, going on a 15-4 run of its own to pull to within 26-25 at halftime.
The Oracles held the Vikings scoreless for the first 4:39 of the 2nd half that fueled an 8-0 run, led by five points from Shanks, to take 34-25 lead with 3:31 left in the 3rd period before settling for a 38-31 lead at the break.
A 7-2 North White run to start the 4th period cut it to 40-38 with 4:10 left before Delphi closed the game with its own 7-2 spurt, started with a layup by Shanks and finished with five points from Hawn to seal it.
“I thought this game showed how good we can be when we really focus on the defensive end,” Oracle head coach Adam Ballard said. “We held them to three single-digit quarters; however we gave up 20 in the 2nd quarter, due mostly to poor ball pick up and communication in transition.”
“I thought we did a great job of being selective offensively and attacking their zone,” he added. “And both Shanks and Zink stepped up and were looking to score.”
“When a team has five scoring threats on the floor, they become very difficult to defend — if that continues we have a great chance in our sectional.”
Walters finished with seven points, and Ross added two as Delphi limited the Vikings to just 38.1 percent shooting overall, including only 27.8 (5-of-18) from 3-point range and had a robust 32-21 rebounding edge.
The Oracles (12-11) hosted North Judson in the Class 2A Sectional 34 opener Tuesday night (too late for print). The winner plays Winamac in the second game Friday night at approximately 8 pm, immediately following the Rensselaer-North Newton game, which starts at 6:30 pm.
The Sectional championship game is set for Saturday at 7 pm.
JV finishes strong — The Delphi JV (9-15) defeated North White 52-26 to close the season by winning four of their last five games.
Kain Myer led with 16 points, followed by Cade Murray with 13, Weston Windell with eight, Wil Schwindler five, Daniel Jakes and senior foreign exchange student Vladimir Danicic had four each and Ben Lucas with two.