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Merchants stop Alloys

The Busco Merchants found themselves down 16-4 before they started clicking Sunday against Fort Wayne Alloy. When Busco’s comeback was complete, they found they had a 30-26 halftime lead, then a 65-51 win to try to climb back to a season 500 mark before it’s time to trade in the basketball for a softball mitt.
Playing without starters, Ford, Burkhart and Hyndman, Jerry Partin paced three in double figures with 26; Kendric Oler tossed in 19 and Logan Jones netted 10 in the victory. Carter Jones helped control the boards against the much taller opponents.
The Merchants are co-sponsored by Brevin’s Downtown Eatery, Eagle Do It Best Hardware, Beezley Auto Repair Service, Pro Systems, The Gap and Churubusco News and Printing.

The Busco Merchants found themselves down 16-4 before they started clicking Sunday against Fort Wayne Alloy. When Busco’s comeback was complete, they found they had a 30-26 halftime lead, then a 65-51 win to try to climb back to a season 500 mark before it’s time to trade in the basketball for a softball mitt.

Boys Basketball stats

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Churubusco boys’ Head Coach Michael McBride (16-26 in two seasons) released the team stats for the 2009-2010 season. The team finished 10-11 on the season with a 4-6 record in conference play.
Busco had a better shooting percentage 48.8% than their opponents 44.6% in two point field goals and 32% to 31% in three point field goals. But the Eagles were beaten at the charity stripe. Their opponents shot 69.5% in free throw percentage to the Eagles’ 66.8%.
An issue that hurt the Eagles late in the season was  the offensive boards. Churubusco opponents outrebounded the Eagles in this category 185 to 151 on the season and 540 to 530 in overall rebounding.
The Eagles averaged 59.3 points on the season to the oppositions’ 60.1. The turnovers were close at 14.9 for Busco and 14.1 for their opponents.
The Eagles had some quality wins this season over Wawasee, Canterbury and the Leo game, where the Eagles broke the century mark in a 122-118 win in overtime.
Coach McBride is looking forward to the 2010-2011 season with the whole team returning. They didn’t have any seniors on this year’s team. He looks to the future with anticipation of good things to come for the Churubusco Eagle basketball program.
Individual Leaders:
Player        Points   (Avg)
Mathewson    312    (14.9)
LeFever         182      (8.7)
Monk            179     (9.9)
Nicodemus     172      (9.6)
T. Herendeen  108     (5.1)
D. Herendeen  107     (5.9)
Player             FG %
Monk               54.1
Mathewson       53.9
Arrowsmith      53.0
Nicodemus       50.4
LeFever            48.0
Player         3pt FG %
LeFever           43.8
Nicodemus       38.1
T. Herendeen    34.8
Player                FT%
D. Herendeen      84.2
T. Herendeen       76.5
Nicodemus          74.1
LeFever               66.3
Monk                  60.4
Player        Rebounds
Arrowsmith     118    (5.6)
Monk 110   (6.1)
Mathewson       95    (4.5)
LeFever            82    (3.9)
Player              Assists
Monk                   97
LeFever               49
D. Herendeen       44
Nicodemus           28
T. Herendeen        25
Player             Steals
Monk                29
Nicodemus        28
T. Herendeen     25
LeFever             20
D. Herendeen     16
Player              Blocks
Arrowsmith         56
Mathewson          11
LeFever                8

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Churubusco boys’ Head Coach Michael McBride (16-26 in two seasons) released the team stats for the 2009-2010 season. The team finished 10-11 on the season with a 4-6 record in conference play.

Tyler Arrowsmith

Cougars end season for Eagles

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(Tyler Arrowsmith shoots over Cougar defenders for two points. Arrowsmith had eight points and 15 rebounds in Sectional action.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
The 2009-2010 version of the Churubusco boys basketball season came to an end last Friday night 64-59 in a contest with the Central Noble Cougars. The Eagles advanced to the semi-finals by defeating the Prairie Heights Panthers 76-67 in two overtimes. The Eagles finish the season with a 10-11 record and bright hopes for next year as all players will be returning for the 2010-2011 season.
Churubusco 76
Prairie Heights 67
Churubusco got on the scoreboard quickly as Josh LeFever hit a lay-up just three seconds into the game. A basket from Tyler Arrowsmith, a steal and a lay-up by Hunter Nicodemus and a jump shot by Kyle Mathewson got the Eagle offense in motion as they jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead against Prairie Heights. Then eight more points from Mathewson and a basket from Kyle Monk capped off the first quarter scoring with the Eagles leading 18-8 after one period.
Josh LeFever hit a jumper to put the Eagles up 20-8 early in the second quarter. Mathewson scored the next six for the Eagles extending their lead to its biggest on the night at 26-12 with 5:08 remaining in the half. Churubusco went just one of four shooting for the rest of the quarter. The Panthers took advantage of the Eagle misses and converted on their end of the floor to climb back in the ballgame. As the halftime buzzer sounded the Eagles took a 29-21 lead into the locker room.
“This was our concern coming into the sectionals, we don’t have any seniors and the seniors play their best basketball in the tournament. Just look at Anderson here tonight,” stated Coach Michael McBride. “The kid hit some incredible shots, deep shots, he carried them in that aspect. We as a team don’t understand that yet.”
In the third period the Panthers trimmed the Eagle lead to just five points. But Churubusco was able to extend the lead back to double digits at 48-36 with just over four minutes remaining. Prairie Heights ran off ten unanswered points to close the gap to two at the 2:38 mark. After a Churubusco time out and the teams trading a free throw apiece Monk hit a basket to give the Eagles a four point lead with a minute and a half to go. Following a Panther basket and a made foul shot, Dylan Herendeen hit a pair of foul shots to give the Eagles a three point lead with just over a minute left. Prairie Heights went to their hot hand on the night, Casey Anderson, who nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 53 all. The Eagles held the ball for the final shot but were unable to convert.
In the first overtime period the Panthers scored first but LeFever answered with a rebound and put back to tie it up. Prairie Heights scored again and again it was LeFever at the line for the Eagles. He hit one of two and Busco trailed by one with :56 left in overtime. With 30 seconds remaining the Eagles fouled and the Panthers converted on both free throws to give them a three point lead. Monk drove the lane hitting the shot and drawing the foul. He then made the free throw to tie the game at 59-59 with 21 seconds to go. Prairie Heights again looked to their high scorer Anderson to get them the win. As the buzzer sounded the ball rattled out of the basket sending the game into the second overtime period.
Churubusco came out aggressive in the second overtime period and baskets by Mathewson, Monk and Nicodemus gave the Eagles a 65-61 lead. Another by Mathewson and a break away lay-up by LeFever extended the Eagle lead to eight points. Busco outscored the Panthers 17-8 in the last overtime to come away with the victory 76-67.
1   2    3    4   ot  ot   F
Prairie Heights 8  13  13  19   6   8   67
Churubusco    18  11  10  14   6  17  76
Leading Scorers: Mathewson 24, Monk 21, LeFever 17, Nicodemus 9, Arrowsmith 2, T. Herendeen 2, D.Herendeen 2.
“It is very difficult for a team that has lead the entire game and then ends up losing the lead going into overtime, to come out and win that overtime. We were in trouble, we are down three,” recalls Coach McBride. “Monk made an incredible play getting the basket and to top it off hitting the free throw to tie it up.”
Central Noble 64
Churubusco 59
After closing out the first quarter with an 11-9 lead over the Cougars the Eagles played from behind, once the Cougars took the lead with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Central Noble hit all twelve free throws they attempted in the second quarter while Churubusco went 8-12 shooting from the line in that period. The Eagles were able to cut the lead to one at 28-27, on a three-pointer by Jordan Turner at the buzzer.
The beginning of the second half saw the Cougars extend their lead to nine points with two three-pointers and a basket. The Cougars led after three quarters 44-35.
“When you play in this tournament it’s one and done, you have to throw the records out.” stated Coach McBride. “Unfortunately we didn’t play our best tonight but I am still proud of our team and what we have accomplished this season.”
With the Eagles’ season looking to be finished the Eagles didn’t give up as they went on an 11-4 run over the next three and a half minutes to trim the Cougar lead to four at 54-50 with two minutes to go. Churubusco cut the lead to two at 57-55 with an offensive rebound and put back by Arrowsmith. With the score 60-57 with 30 seconds remaining and the Eagles time running out Dylan Herendeen missed his shot. Central Noble hit a pair of free throws to make it a five point game. But Herendeen was able to convert on his free throws to cut the deficit to three with seven seconds left. The Cougars hit the long release player in stride for the basket and win 64-59 over the Eagles.
1   2    3    4        F
Central Noble   9   19  16  20     64
Churubusco     11  16   8   24     59
Leading Scorers: Nicodemus 17, Monk 13, Mathewson 8, Arrowsmith 6, LeFever 6, D. Herendeen 4, Turner 3, T. Herendeen 2.
“This was a night where we are disappointed we lost and are done for the season but we have everyone returning for next year,” explained Coach McBride. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for next year’s team. We will see who wants to put the hard work into the program and who improves throughout the year.”

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The 2009-2010 version of the Churubusco boys basketball season came to an end last Friday night 64-59 in a contest with the Central Noble Cougars. The Eagles advanced to the semi-finals by defeating the Prairie Heights Panthers 76-67 in two overtimes. The Eagles finish the season with a 10-11 record and bright hopes for next year as all players will be returning for the 2010-2011 season.

Merchants fall short

After sitting a week, the Busco Merchants scored enough points to win a normal game against Wells Fargo but there are two sides to the game. Defense normalcy prevailed as the Merchants took it on the chin again with a 103-83 loss. They were trailing 47-36 at the half but and still thinking the hot shooting Fargo team should cool off in the second half, but they never did as they cruised to victory.
Busco had balanced scoring from all five starters. Kendric Oler scored 18, Jerry Partin, James Ford and Logan Jones all added 15 points and Jake Hyndman tossed in 12.  Busco will attempt to get back in the winning column next week in Allen County League play.
Brevin’s Eatery, Jones Nursery, P.N.C. Bank, Pro Systems, Eagle Hardware and Churubusco News all help sponsor the local team.

After sitting a week, the Busco Merchants scored enough points to win a normal game against Wells Fargo but there are two sides to the game. Defense normalcy prevailed as the Merchants took it on the chin again with a 103-83 loss. They were trailing 47-36 at the half but and still thinking the hot shooting Fargo team should cool off in the second half, but they never did as they cruised to victory.

Lady Eagle year-end statistics

Taylor Amber(Churubusco’s Taylor Amber was selected to the NECC All-Conference for the fourth year. Amber averaged just over ten points (10.1) a game this season and 9.4 rebounds a game. She recorded 24 blocked shots and 24 steals in her 542 minutes of playing time for the Eagles. Amber hit 71 of 181 shots from the floor for 39.2% and 59 of 105 from the free-throw line for 56.2%. Congratulations Taylor on an outstanding career at Churubusco.)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

First year Lady Eagles head Coach Jamie Perlich released the team stats for the 2009-2010 season. The team finished 4-16 on the season with a 1-9 record in conference play.

Churubusco Eagles split to end season

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(Tyler Arrowsmith looks to get the ball inside. Arrowsmith, a sophomore, led the Eagles with seven rebounds and outstanding defensive play.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

The high flying Wawasee Warriors came to town last Tuesday and were stunned by the Churubusco basketball team as the Eagles handed them an 89-69 loss. Friday night was a completely different game as the Blazers from Eastside defeated the Eagles 51-37 to give the Eagles a 9-10 record to finish the regular season. “We would have liked to gone 10-9 and 5-4 in conference play but that was not the case here tonight,” commented Coach Michael McBride. “We need to get back to practice and work on a few things for the Sectional next week.”