Boys basketball beats Bearcats


Photo by Grace Vang.

Senior Willie Jackson, one of the night’s biggest scorers, drives up the court through a wall of Bearcats.

Lance Marshall, Social Media Editor

Entering the gym winless, the Tigers were able to outrun the Muncie Central Bearcats 84-61 in a high scoring affair. The Tigers never looked back after winning the tip-off and jumping out to a 14-8 lead in the middle of the first quarter.

“I thought we did a great job getting each other shots early in the game,” varsity senior Josiah Matthews said. “The game is all about playing for each other.”

The Tigers did not take their foot off the gas, expanding the lead to 42-29 heading into halftime. Halftime scoring leaders were junior Alex Szilagyi with nine points and seniors Willie Jackson and Josiah Matthews tied with eight points.
The Bearcats attempted to climb back into the game pushing the score to 59-44 in the final quarter. Final minutes saw the Tigers extinguishing the Bearcats’ run and securing the first win of the season.

“I thought the team did a great job of sharing the ball,” varsity senior Luke Hernandez said. “There were so many open shots for all of us, it was great.”

The Bearcats finished the game with juniors Dylan Stafford and Victor Young both finishing in double digits, while the Tigers saw six players in double figures.

“I thought I played well by being able to get my teammates involved and being able to score myself,” Matthews said.

Tigers will be going on their first road trip this season to Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Noblesville High School on Nov. 30. The Millers are currently 1-0 defeating Indianapolis Shortridge High School 60-46 on Nov.21.

“Watching film and not focusing on any outside distraction,” Hernandez said. “Doing that and staying focused will help us do what we do best and beat Noblesville.”