The top two teams in Conference Indiana made their way to Bloomington Friday night, but only one still sits atop the conference after the dust has settled. Indianapolis Pike used an unbelievable 34-point fourth quarter to destroy Bloomington South 84-62 while Bloomington North stormed back from 12 points down to upset Franklin Central 60-57 in overtime.
SOUTH VS. INDIANAPOLIS PIKE
A close, hard-fought, great game for three quarters somehow collapsed in the fourth quarter as the host Panthers could not keep pace with the red hot Red Devils. This game remained air tight all night. Pike led 15-14 after one quarter and 30-29 at halftime. Turnovers cost the Red Devils some possessions, but a huge rebounding advantage kept them in the lead. The third quarter saw Pike extend up to a six point lead setting the stage for the fourth period. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell South to show up as Pike scored 34 points in the final period led by their two stars Zavier Turner, who finished with 29 points, ad Taishaun Johnson. It’s the third straight loss for Bloomington South, the first time that’s happened since the beginning of the 2002-2003 season.
NORTH VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
The new-look Cougars had the opportunity to take on the top team in Conference Indiana, and when it was all said and done, North made sure Frankling Central would remember this night.
The Cougars shot poorly in the first half, 23%, but still trailed only 18-17 with three and a half minutes in the second quarter. The Flashes were able to rip off a quick 10-1 run to end the half, however, and took a 28-18 lead into halftime. North cut the lead to five in the third period only to see FC extend the advantage back to 10 before taking a 39-31 lead into the final quarter.
That’s when things got interesting. Franklin Central quickly scored first to retake a 10 point lead, but North began to ratchet up their defense and produced an impressive 13-0 run to grab the lead 44-41. The Flashes answered back but still trailed 47-46 with under a minute to go. Eddie Baker missed an easy layup for the Cougars on their next possession and Forrester Sims made them pay nailing a short jumper to pull the Flashes back up by one with 18 seconds remaining. After a North miss, Jake Barras, who hadn’t missed a free throw all season, made just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 49-47 FC. After a timeout, Saikou Jallow drove the court and when the entire FC defense collapsed on him, he hit Sam Sheldon underneath the rim for a layup at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
North took an early lead in the extra session and eventually moved to a four point lead late in OT before Franklin Central crawled back to within two. With 13 seconds left, Jallow made it 60-57 with a free throw and when two three pointers missed for the Flashes, Bloomington North celebrated a huge three point upset win knocking Franklin Central out of first place in the conference.