2018-01-17 / Sports

Oracles top Spartans again

By John Dunn
Contributing sportswriter

For the second time in two weeks, Delphi defeated North Newton, but this time it was on the Spartans’ home floor and it wasn’t quite the same one-sided rout as the first one.

The Oracles won 50-40 Saturday night in Morocco in the rematch after dominating North Newton 64-38 in the first round of the Indiana Kitchen Classic Dec. 29. Cade Murray and Garrett Tomson scored 13 points apiece to lead Delphi, followed by Seth Waters with 11.

Although the final score was much closer this time, the outcome never seemed to be in doubt despite a very slow start in this matchup. Both teams combined to score only five points total in the first five minutes as the Oracles took the lead for good at 3-2 on a Tomson free throw at the 4:00 mark, part of a 7-0 run that led to a 10-4 lead at the break.

Delphi extended the lead to 23-14 at halftime and then used another 7-0 run in the 3rd period to take its largest lead of the game at 40-24 with 1:30 left in the quarter. At the break, the Oracles were up 40-27.

The Spartans (1-8) had a 7- 0 spurt of their own to start the 4th period to cut the deficit to 40-34 with 4:40 left in the game. The Oracles hit 6-of-7 free throws in the final 3:30 to hold onto the win.

“We had a crazy week of practice due to the weather,” Delphi head coach Brian Mc- Cammon said. “We also were dealing with injuries and illness, so we were glad to get out of there with a win.”

“It’s always tough to play a team two weeks after you beat them,” he added. “They played hard and forced us into some mistakes that we normally don’t make.

“We always talk about how defense always travels and we did only give up 40 points, so we were pretty pleased with the effort on that end,” he said. “We’ll have big tests this week with Winamac and Cass, but I’m glad to have both at home.”

Blake Carroll had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Hunter Corbin had five points in his first career varsity start. Tomson and Waters added six steals apiece to lead the defensive effort.

The Oracles, who have won five of their last six games, played without starting forward Zach Townsend due to injury and backup point guard Elijah Hudson due to illness.

After three straight on the road, Delphi (8-5) next hosts Winamac on Friday and Lewis Cass on Saturday, both with 6 p.m. JV tip-offs.

JV results

The Oracle JV (5-7) defeated North Newton 33-22, led by Tyler Gano with nine points and Kullen Lowry with seven. Gavin Gleason and Joe Lammers had four apiece, followed by Ethan Randle with three, and Jordan Roth, Austin Smith and Julian Young with two each.

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