Hot second half lifts Rebels past Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

REO—South Spencer hit 13 of 16 shots from the field in the second half to overtake Tell City for a 67-58 PAC boys basketball victory Saturday.

Tell City led the entire first half, when the Rebels hit only 7 of 23 from the field.

After Tell City guard Corey Young scored the first basket of the third quarter to put the Marksmen up 27-24, the Rebels went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.

That streak included two three-point baskets by Cody Meyer and a 12-foot baseline shot by Jeremy Kincaid.

But the Rebels made eight layups in the second half and also hit one 6-footer on a baseline drive, as they were able to get inside consistently.

They got some of the layups off steals, some after breaking Tell City’s press, some off fast breaks after defensive rebounds, and some just by beating Tell City’s half-court defense inside.

Meyer also made two free throws after grabbing a rebound of his own missed free throw. The Rebels outrebounded the Marksmen 15-7 in the second half.

Meyer, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, scored 18 points in the second half and finished with 23 on 6 of 10 field-goal shooting and 9 of 12 free throws.

“Their two guards do a nice job of handling the ball and getting penetration,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “I saw them play Forest Park last night (a 68-52 loss for the Rebels) and if Forest Park hadn’t shot 80 percent from the field in the first half that would’ve been a totally different game.”

Tell City was again hurt by its lack of a strong inside presence on offense or defense and its inability to find a consistent scorer to go with Andy Chinn.

Chinn led the Marksmen with 32 points on 13 of 23 field-goal shooting, including 6 of 15 from three-point range.

Jamal Noland led the Marksmen in rebounds with six. Meyer, Kincaid and reserve Jake Haynes each grabbed five for the Rebels.

Tell City hit 50.0 percent from the field and committed only 12 turnovers, two fewer than the Rebels.

“We did some good things,” said Hayes. “But our turnovers came at the worst times.

“Then we don’t box out on a free throw and give them two more free throws.”

Tell City fell to 4-7 overall, 0-4 in the PAC. South Spencer improved to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

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Travis Jones scored 17 points as Tell City won the junior varsity game 39-32.

Sean Flannagan added seven points and Greg Hollinden had nine rebounds and five assists for the 6-4 Marksmen.