Free throw shooting lifts Shiloh, Salt Fork
BROADLANDS — Boys’ basketball teams from Shiloh and Salt Fork are showing they have what it takes to finish games.
In opening-round play of the BSN Classic at Heritage High School, Shiloh hit 5 of 5 fourth-quarter free throws en route to a 77-49 triumph against Georgetown-Ridge Farm. Salt Fork downed 10 of 14 free throws in the final period and held off Villa Grove/Heritage 58-50.
“When you make free throws, you don’t keep them (opposing teams) around,” Salt Fork coach Andrew Johnson said. “Our free throw shooting has been solid. Making them in key moments is important.”
Cole Taylor was 4 of 4 from the line in the last minute, and Max Stutsman — who had a game-high 24 points — was 3 of 3 in the last quarter and 6 of 6 overall.
The Hawks didn’t have an answer for the 6-foot-5 Stutsman inside.
“We tried a couple of different things against him, but to his credit he was able to make plays regardless,” Villa Grove/Heritage coach Andy Place said.
Stutsman grabbed 10 of the Storm’s 19 rebounds. Taylor (15 points) was the only other Salt Fork player in double figures.
Jordan Wolf nailed four three-pointers and led the Hawks with 17 points. Chance Lemmon had six rebounds.
Shiloh 77, G-RF 49. Shiloh took control against an opponent it had beaten earlier by 29 points by scoring the final 17 points of the first half and held a 22-point lead at the break.
“We have guys who have played together for a while, and they don’t panic,” Raiders coach Charlie Carver said.
Carver’s team had two turnovers at intermission.
“We do a nice job protecting the ball,” Carver said. “Our assist-to-turnover ratio has been over 1-to-1.”
Andrew Donithan had a double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Cyrus Furgeson had 20 points for the Raiders. Eli Furgeson had 12 points on four three-pointers. The 6-3 Donithan handed out three first-half assists.
“I make Bill Walton references about a big man who can pass, but he doesn’t get that,” Carver said. “It’s nice to have that on the floor.”
Cyrus Furgeson is thriving in a new role. “He was known more as a scorer last year, but he is taking pride in handling the ball and getting assists,” Carver said. “He can score, but he’s happy dishing off. He’s an even better leader than he was last year.”
Dylan Bina led G-RF with 12 points, all in the final 10:46.
Salt Fork 62, Urbana JV 40. The Storm (9-3) doubled the score by halftime (41-20) and joined Decatur Lutheran (whom it plays today at 6:30 p.m.) as unbeatens after Day 1. Ross Learnard hit 18 of his game-high 23 points in the first half. Taylor had 15 of his 22 before intermission. Richard Johnson led the Urbana JV with 14 points.
Decatur Lutheran 62, Shiloh 56. Donithan scored 10 of his team-high 22 points in the final period, but the Raiders fell short against the Lions. Cyrus Furgeson had eight of his 15 points during the last eight minutes. Shiloh (8-3) trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter.
Villa Grove/Heritage 44, G-RF 41. Lemmon scored 15 points for the Hawks (6-6), who overcame a three-point halftime deficit. Lemmon hit two second-half three-pointers. Bina led G-RF with 15 points.
Schlarman 59, Watseka 53. Gannon Hughes scored 15 points for the Hilltoppers, who were tied with Watseka after one quarter and also at halftime. Chris Kuchefski had 12 points and Ben Watson had 10. Watseka’s Justin Moyer hit a game-high 18.
North Vermillion (Ind.) 60, Judah Christian 52. Dylan Hamilton scored 19 points and Ian Allender added 13 for the Tribe in its first-round loss.
Bismarck-Henning 62, Oakwood 45. Dylan Allen scored 14 points and B-H teammate Andy Bott had 12, and the Blue Devils took control with an 18-8 second-quarter run. Oakwood’s Parker Lee scored 11 points.
Bismarck-Henning 63, Judah 46. Allen hit 22 of his game-high 27 points after halftime as the Blue Devils pulled away. B-H led 26-21 at the half. Allen hit three three-pointers. Wilde Garowski added 10 points for B-H (10-0). Hamilton led Judah with 15 points, and teammate Ethan Chitty hit 14.
North Vermillion 55, Schlarman 41. The Hilltoppers fell behind 20-9 after one quarter and were unable to rally. Michael Simmons led Schlarman with 11 points. Kuchefski had 10 points.
Watseka 58, Oakwood 43. After managing 30 points through three quarters, the Warriors put up 28 fourth-quarter points to pull away. Cole Davenport led Watseka with 18 points. Lee scored 13 for the Comets.