Columbus North had a hard time keeping up with Terre Haute South’s high-scoring offense in its Conference Indiana matchup Tuesday night.
IUPUI recruit Jaylen Minnett shot 6 for 9 from behind the arc to lead the Braves to a 77-62 win against the Bull Dogs.
Terre Haute South made an effort to push the ball up the court, and once it took the lead after being down 5-2 early in the first, it never gave it back.
North’s Alex King tried to keep up with the Braves’ fast-paced offense by starting the game with 10 points in the opening quarter. He finished with a game-high 25 points, but the Bull Dogs struggled to find additional scoring.
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Zach Green found his rhythm late by scoring eight points in the final quarter. He ended the game with 13.
“Alex was knocking down shots but we just couldn’t get consistent offense from anybody else on our team tonight, North coach Paul Ferguson said. “We have to find some other offense from some of our seniors, and unfortunately, we just didn’t get it tonight.”
The Bull Dogs (5-2, 1-1) started the fourth quarter with a full-court trap that seemed to slow Terre Haute South (4-2, 1-1) down for a few minutes. North was able to come away with some quick buckets to gain some momentum, but a timeout by the Braves allowed them to make adjustments.
“We turned them over a little bit in the second half but unfortunately we didn’t make enough shots at the other end,” Ferguson said. “They regrouped really quickly after a tough loss to Plainfield on Friday night, and they came out and played probably their best game of the season.”
Terre Haute South had an almost perfect free-throw shooting night, hitting 17 of 18, with most of them coming from point guard Jesse Brown. Brown hit 10 of 10 from the line on his way to scoring 14 points and dishing out five assists.
Four of the five Braves starters finished in double digits. Minnett finished with 20 points, while Division I prospect De’Avion Washington scored 18. Sophomore Kenyon Sholty added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
“We shot the ball well, and we moved it,” Minnett said. “We had a good game plan before the game, and we executed it well for the most part.”