2006-01-11 / Sports

Oracles shake off mauling by Tigers, hammer Hornets

By Michael Denton Contributing sportswriter

Showing no ill effects from being nearly run out of the gym at Northwestern, the Delphi Oracles (2-6) took a giant step forward by beating Rossville (3-6) the next night on the Hornets’ home court, 74-61.

Showing why they are rated near the top of their class in 2A hoops, the multi-talented Northwestern Tigers (8-1) completely dismantled the Oracles on Friday, 102-48.

The Tigers used an unselfish transition game, fine shooting and loads of athleticism to easily handle anything Delphi threw at them. Playing in front of their home crowd, Northwestern left no doubt from the start by leading by 20 after just the first quarter and steadily building that lead from there.

Justin Jargstorf was the only Oracle in double-figures with 17 points, while the Tigers had 5 players with 10 or more. Luke Daily led all with 24, which included 4 buckets from beyond the arc. Vs. Rossville

Interim Coach Jeff Brooke liked what he saw against the Hornets, the team with whom he started the season, before taking over the Oracles just days before the opener. “Our guys really played as a team,” he said and then quoting a line from the movie, “Hoosiers,” he continued, “We had 5 guys functioning as a unit.”

The Oracles never really let up in this one after building a 9-point lead after the first quarter and slowly building on that lead through the third. Though the Hornets were able to chop into the 57-40 fourth quarter margin and get to within 10, the visitors held it together and closed it out.

Coach Brooke said, “For the most part on offense, we made sharp passes, played a nice inside-out game and hit some shots while they didn’t. And our defense carried out the game plan by aggressively guarding out near the 3-point line. They are dangerous when open.”

Brock Zarse and Kendal Ross were praised by their coach for their defense, as was sub Joe Stoner for “providing a spark off of the bench.”

On the offensive end, Jargstorf had another solid game with 18 points. But this time he had needed scoring help from Nick Moore and Josh Mullin, both of whom had 21 points each. Those three worked well together, with Mullin and Jargstorf burying 5 treys between them, often as a result of a pass back from the inside playing Moore.

Ted Mitchel (16 points), Andrew Gilbert (15) and Mark Phebus (10) led the Hornet attack.

Delphi and Tri-County open up the annual White County tournament this Friday at 6:30, followed by a tilt between Frontier and host North White. Losers of the opening round again play at 6:30 the next night with the championship game immediately following. The Oracles will be looking to win their fourth straight tourney Oracle JV also split

Behind by 20 to the Tigers late in the third quarter, the Oracle JV (4-4) managed to cut the margin down to 11 early in the final stanza but could get no closer. Northwestern’s balanced scoring paved the way to the win, 50-33. Dustin Oliver led the Delphi attack with 11 points, which included 3 of the team’s 4 treys.

Coach Bart Hunsicker’s JV squad came back the next night against the Hornets and left with an overtime win, 46-44.

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