The girls just celebrated their state championship and now the boys are off to a rip-roaring start. The Central Noble boys basketball team won its second-round Class 2A sectional game, 58-53 in double overtime over Bremen, at Topeka on Friday night.
Sawyer Yoder led the Cougars (13-10) with 18 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and 7-of-9 free-throw shooting.
Teammates Ridley Zolman and Zach Brazel had 15 points apiece, and Zolman totaled 13 rebounds. And Trey Phillips added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Bremen led 23-15 at the half, but the Cougars went on a 15-10 third-quarter run.
Ryan Caldwell had 17 points for Bremen.
MARION 75, NORWELL 52: In Ossian, Jalen Blackmon had 20 points in Class 3A for the Giants, who opened the game with a 20-12 run and led 40-24 at halftime. Marion was aided by 14-of-15 shooting from the free-throw line. Norwell’s Will Geiger had 24 points and Brandon Nicholson had 20 as the Knights end the season at 13-11.
MISSISSINEWA 52, BISHOP LUERS 34: At Ossian, Thabit Gault led Mississinewa with 16 points. His team was up 8-5 before a 20-9 second-quarter run. Luers’ Mark Sturm had 10 points.
LAKELAND 54, WEST NOBLE 46: In Nappanee, Braden Bontrager led Lakeland (16-9) with 18 points in Class 3A. West Noble (11-12) got 13 points from Trevor Franklin and 12 from Mason Stover. Lakeland opened the game with a 23-10 run.
BLUFFTON 32, SOUTH ADAMS 31: In Berne, Johnathan Irwin’s 11 points led Bluffton (10-14) to a Class 2A victory. Five players scored for Bluffton, including Evan Baumgartner with five points, but only three scored for South Adams. Lars In’t Groen paced the Starfires (5-18) with 14 points. Bluffton was down 14-13 but took control with a 9-4 third-quarter run.
CANTERBURY 75, CHURUBUSCO 59: In Berne, Cam Kreiger’s 26 points led the Cavaliers, who were up 33-24 before a 20-15 third-quarter run. Noah Drapala added 16 for Canterbury (10-13). The Eagles finish the season at 12-12.
BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 102, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 37: At Hamilton, Jalan Mull had 22 points to lead Blackhawk in Class A. Teammate Frank Davidson had 20 points. The score was 38-10, in favor of Blackhawk (23-2), at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars fini7sh 13-12.