2018-12-05 / Sports

Oracles off to best start in six years

By John Dunn
Contributing sportswriter

The Delphi Oracles won a pair of games over the weekend with a 54-44 victory over Faith Christian on Friday before defeating South Newton 57-42 on Saturday to match their best start since the 2012- 13 season.

The Oracles started with a near replica of last year’s game against the Eagles, scoring the first 16 points and holding Faith Christian to one basket for the entire first period to take a commanding 23-3 lead at the break.

The Eagles did not make their first basket until hitting a 3-pointer with 1:53 left in the first quarter. They committed 14 turnovers in the opening period in their season opener, while Blake Carroll scored nine points in the quarter for the Oracles.

Last year, Delphi scored the first 20 points of the game en route to a 22-2 lead at the end of the first period.

This year Faith Christian rallied back, using an 11-2 run to close the half, cutting the lead to 33-22 at halftime. The Oracles came back with a 7-2 spurt to open the third period on the way to a 43-27 lead at the break.

The Eagles narrowed the lead to 48-41 with 2:09 left in the game, but would not get any closer as Delphi persevered with the help of two Peyton Roth steals in the final 1:10 to hold onto the victory.

“First, I want to pass along my condolences to the family of Cole Ungaro,” Oracle head coach Brian McCammon said. “It’s just a tough situation for the Faith community to have to deal with.”

Faith Christian was playing with heavy hearts after fellow senior student Cole David Ungaro, 17, passed away as a result of a car accident in Lafayette. Funeral services were last Wednesday, Nov. 28th.

“I thought Blake had a nice game for us. He got us started on the offensive end” Mc- Cammon added. “Garrett Tomson and Kane Zimpfer both had good all-around games as well.”

Carroll led Delphi with 18 points, followed by Tomson with 11, and Zimpfer with six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

“We were able to force them into several turnovers and that ended up being the story of the game,” he added.

The Oracles forced a season high 29 turnovers and had a season-high 18 steals.

Ethan Randle added six points on a pair of buzzerbeating treys at the end of both the first and third periods, Elijah Hudson had five, Peyton Roth four, and Jordan Roth and Zach Townsend had two each.

Delphi (4-1) travels to Benton Central Friday and to Clinton Prairie Saturday, both with 6 p.m. JV tip-offs.

Vs. South Newton

The Oracles had four players in double figures, led by Jordan Roth with 14 points, Peyton Roth added 13, Tomson had 11, and Townsend 10.

After playing to a tie at 11 at the end of the first period, the Rebels took a 29-28 lead at the half on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

With South Newton clinging onto a 32-30 lead with 7:30 left in the third period, Delphi went on a 9-0 run with consecutive 3-pointers from Tomson and two from J. Roth to stretch the lead to 39-32 at the 5:45 mark. The Rebels closed to within 43-40 with 1:25 left before Carroll and Townsend made back-to-back baskets to close the quarter with a 47-40 lead.

South Newton scored its only points of the fourth period with 5:35 left as the Oracles held the Rebels scoreless the rest of the way. P. Roth scored eight straight points, including a pair of treys to help secure the win.

“This was a good test for us,” McCammon said. “South Newton is not as talented as they have been, but their kids play really hard.”

“We were able to make some adjustments at half time, and our kids bought in,” he added. “I thought we played much better the second half.”

Delphi hit a season-high eight 3-pointers in the game, led by J. Roth’s four and P. Roth’s three and again forced 29 turnovers, matching its season-high.

“Peyton and Jordan both had strong performances, and it was nice to see Zach play some good minutes in the second half,” McCammon said. “Everyone who played contributed to the win.”

“We have been focusing on ‘Do Your Job’ this season, and tonight was a classic example of that,” he added.

Carroll added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Zimpfer added two points. JV results

The Oracle JV (1-4) won its first game of the year over South Newton 31-26 after falling to Faith Christian 47- 27.

Tyler Gano and Kooper Myer led with six points each against the Rebels, followed by Avery Royal with four, Jaden Roth, Zach Munson and Kalvin Jones had three each, and Gavin Gleason, Ricky Martinez and Jaren Reef with two each.

Against the Eagles, Gano, Gleason and Roth scored six each; Jones added four, Myer three and Martinez two.

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