2018-03-07 / Sports

Gophers end Oracles’ season

By John Dunn
Contributing sportswriter

Oracle Garrett Tomson puts up a shot over a Clinton Prairie defender in Delphi’s opening Sectional loss. Bill Stauffer photo Oracle Garrett Tomson puts up a shot over a Clinton Prairie defender in Delphi’s opening Sectional loss. Bill Stauffer photo Class 2A #13-ranked Clinton Prairie confirmed its lofty ranking with a 69-37 victory over Delphi in the opening game of the seven-team Sectional 38 at Fountain Central Feb. 27. The Oracles only lost by a score of 61-53 in their earlier meeting with the Gophers on Dec. 9 at DCHS, but the final result of the rematch did not play out as closely.

Delphi stayed within striking distance for over 2½ quarters until a 12-0 Clinton Prairie run over the last 2:25 of the 3rd period essentially put the game out of reach.

The Gophers outscored the Oracles 21-6 during the 3rd quarter to extend what had been a 32-19 lead at the half to 53-25 at the end of the period. Delphi would not get any closer than 24 points the rest of the way.

“Unfortunately, this game pretty much summed up the last month of the season,” Oracle head coach Brian Mc- Cammon said. “Clinton Prairie beat us in every way and by far was the better team — tough way to end the season.”

Delphi trailed only 18-12 after a Cade Murray jumper in the lane with 1:30 left in the 1st period, but the Gophers had a 5-0 spurt to close the quarter with a 23-12 lead.

A pair of Garrett Tomson free throws cut the deficit to 27-19 with 2:37 left in the half, but Clinton Prairie again had a 5-0 spurt to extend its lead to 13 points at halftime.

The Oracles trailed just 41- 25 after an Elijah Hudson layup with 2:40 left in the 3rd period, before the Gophers went on the decisive run to close the quarter.

Tomson and Jordan Roth led Delphi with nine points apiece, followed by Zach Townsend with seven, Murray with four, and Seth Waters, Tyler Gano, John Michael Beale and Hudson with two each.

The Oracles (9-14) shot a season-worst-tying 20.0 percent (5-of-25) from 3-point range and just 30.4 percent (14-of-46) overall from the field and 50.0 percent (4-of- 8) from the foul line.

Kam Peters led Clinton Prairie with 16 points.

The Gophers (20-4) lost to eventual champion and Class 2A #1-ranked Covington 46- 38 on Friday in the semi-final round, before the Trojans (23- 1) went on to win their third straight Sectional, defeating Seeger in overtime 39-35 in the championship game Saturday.

“After starting off the season pretty well, we dealt with a ton of adversity in the last month,” McCammon said. “Still, there were many positives, and we will begin working towards next season after spring break.”

“The highlight was winning the return of the Indiana Kitchen Classic,” he added. “We have good kids, and I am confident that those who work hard this off season will be rewarded.”

“Cade and John Michael will be missed,” he said. “They each brought very distinctive traits to our program. I am sure they both will be highly successful in whatever they do in the future. I really enjoyed coaching them.”

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