2018-01-10 / Sports

Oracles knock off rival Cougars

By Greg Hoffman
Contributing sportswriter


Delphi's Seth Waters passes in the paint while Carroll's #34 Drew May defends on the play. Bill Stauffer photo Delphi's Seth Waters passes in the paint while Carroll's #34 Drew May defends on the play. Bill Stauffer photo Carroll (3-5, 0-2 HHC) dropped back-to-back games at home over the weekend Friday to county rival Delphi (7-5) 56-44 and Saturday night to Eastern (4-4, 3-1 HHC) 48-35.

Against Delphi, Carroll started slow as the Oracles jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the young Cougars knew what hit them. Ten turnovers later the Cougars were down 13-6 after one period.

Carroll pulled to within 3 points, 13-10, on four straight points by Trenton Brumett, but from there it was all Delphi. The Oracles opened up their biggest lead, 16 points, with a 19 to 6 run to go up 32- 16. Delphi was up 26-22 at half-time.

The Cougars settled down in the second half, outscoring Delphi 14-12 in the third, but continued to trail 48-36. The two teams scored 8 points each in the final period.

“I thought we got off to a good start and then played sluggish the rest of the night,” Oracle Head Coach Brian McCammon said. “They played very hard on the defensive end and forced us to take some bad shots. But I’m pleased with the win. It’s always good to win that game.”


Delphi's Garrett Tomson drives past Carroll defender, Hayden Sorrells. Bill Stauffer photo Delphi's Garrett Tomson drives past Carroll defender, Hayden Sorrells. Bill Stauffer photo Brumett led Carroll and all scorers with a career high 17 points. Aaron Atkisson added 12. Delphi was led by Garrett Tomson with 14 points. Blake Carroll had 13 points and Cade Murray added 12 points.

Saturday night Carroll was bothered by Eastern’s size with 6’4”, 6’3” and 6’6” inside players. Carroll’s main size, Brumett, was in foul trouble and exited with 5 fouls in the third quarter without scoring.

The Comets outscored the Cougars 20-6 in the paint and outrebounded the Cougars 23-6. They also shut out Carroll from the field, shooting 16 of 27, .593 percent, while the Cougars were 11 of 30, .367 percent.


Carroll's Jaden Harness drives to the bucket with Delphi's #22 Blake Carroll defending. Taylor Lawson photo Carroll's Jaden Harness drives to the bucket with Delphi's #22 Blake Carroll defending. Taylor Lawson photo Carroll used the three-point shot to stay with the visitors, outscoring them 24 to 9 from behind the arc.

The Cougars opened up an 8-4 lead in the first quarter as Easter fought back to tie the game at 8 after one period. The Comets took the lead for good at the start of the second quarter and led 21-14 at halftime and were up 35 to 24.

Drew May found his shot as he went 4 of 8 from long range to lead the Cougars with 13 points.

Next up for Carroll is a rematch with Clinton Prairie (1- 2, 1-0) at home Friday. They travel to Pioneer (2-5) Saturday.

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