Hot Rebs top cold Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—South Spencer more than doubled Tell City’s field-goal percentage in beating the Marksmen 58-47 in PAC boys basketball Saturday.

The Rebels hit 58.6 percent from the field while Tell City hit just 26.0 percent, including 1 of 14 from three-point range.

“We didn’t defend very well in the first half (when the Rebels hit 11 of 17 from the field to jump to a 29-20 lead) and that’s frustrating because we worked two weeks on defense since our last game,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes.

As for the Marksmen’s woes on offense, “we got the ball in the post the first four possessions and scored (building an 8-4 lead),” noted Hayes. “Then we got away from that and started shooting jump shots, and we’re not a good jump-shooting team.”

Tell City had the advantage in nearly every statistic but shooting, outrebounding the Rebels 30-26 and committing only six turnovers.

South Spencer committed nine turnovers in the second half—several against Tell City’s 2-2-1 full-court press—after making just three turnovers in the first half.

“The way we played (the press) in the second half is the way we’re supposed to play it all the time,” said Hayes. “I don’t know that our kids understand what it means to play hard all the time.”

Trent Gunn led Tell City with 12 points and Shane Weedman added 11.

Alex Cole and Christopher Kohnert each grabbed five rebounds for the Marksmen, with Cole getting all of his at the offensive end.

Kohnert, a sophomore, entered the game late in the third quarter for his first varsity action.

“I thought Chris Kohnert played extremely well,” said Hayes. “And Brian Arnold (a freshman who saw his first varsity action) is a kid that can shoot.”

Guards Tristan Brown and Jared Lauer scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, for South Spencer.

Trent Ball, a 6-foot-5 frontline reserve, also had a big game for the Rebels. He led them in rebounds with six and hit all three of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws for 10 points.

Tell City fell to 3-9 overall and 0-4 in the PAC. South Spencer improved to 3-8, 1-2 in the conference.

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Tell City won the junior varsity game 44-35 as Kohnert had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Arnold added 13 points.