Boys Varsity Basketball · Stars’ comeback falls short at Danville

Jan 18, 2019

DANVILLE – Danville appeared to have Friday night’s Sagamore Conference tilt with Western Boone in hand.

Up by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, the Warriors looked to be pulling away with their fifth win in six games continuing their hot streak after a cold start to the year.

Yet, the Stars wouldn’t go away as they cut it to as few as four points but just couldn’t get over the hump as Danville sank 8 of 10 from the free-throw line late in the game to secure a 67-57 win.

The latter stages of the game mirrored the start with both teams trying to extend runs but never getting them anything past two straight buckets.

That was until the Warriors went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter.

Led by some electrifying fast-break dunks and layups form big man Dillon Ware, the Warriors swung all of the momentum in the gym to their side and rode it to a comfortable 14-point lead at the break.

However, it wasn’t just offense that secured the sizeable halftime lead. The Warriors (8-5, 3-1 Sagamore Conference) got it done on the defensive side of the ball too holding Western Boone scoreless for the first four minutes of the second period.

An Andrew McAtee layup finally ended the Stars’ drought.

The Stars (6-5, 2-2 SAC) started out the third on the attack thanks to some daring cuts to the lane by Lucas Morton and Spencer Wright. Western Boone went to the well a lot with baseline drives and Morton and Wright were the primary beneficiaries of the play call.

But it was Peyton Young’s running 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer that signaled the Stars weren’t done yet. It capped a 7-0 Western Boone run and cut the deficit to seven — the lowest it had been since the start of the second quarter.

Back-to-back Morton buckets got it to within four but Ware and Jones took over for the Warriors and paced them home from the painted area or from the free-throw line. The tandem took all but two of the Warriors fourth-quarter free throws. Kobe Ward sank the final two freebies to put the lead back into double digits.

Morton led the Stars with 25 points, 13 coming in the fourth quarter. He scored all but one of the Stars’ fourth-quarter points. Wright added eight and Young had six. Ware paved the way for Danville with 23, followed by Jones and Sam Comer, who had 15 and 10 points, respectively.

The Warriors travel to Beech Grove on Tuesday in a battle of potential sectional opponents. Western Boone hosts North Montgomery next Friday in a boy/girl doubleheader. Both boys’ games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. starts.

Dylan Trimpe writes for the Hendricks County Flyer. Follow him on Twitter @Trimp3