Greensburg — The North Decatur boys basketball team posted a quality win against a conference opponent, beating Morristown 54-48 at home.
The Chargers led 14-9 after the first quarter and 29-20 at the half. Head coach Kyle Nobbe’s Chargers built on a 10-9 advantage late in the first quarter, finishing on a 4-0 run. Sophomore Evan Wallpe scored, and North attacked on defense. Sophomore Arek Holloway grabbed a steal and assisted sophomore Andrew Hocker on a basket to make it 14-9.
The only two juniors on North’s varsity roster jump-started a 6-0 North run early in the second quarter.
Eric Moorman scored on a rebound basket, and Austin Brown dished to Wallpe to make it 18-11.
Following a Morristown offensive foul, North’s lead grew to nine until the Yellow Jackets ran off five straight. Sophomore Dayne Lecher answered with a floater and a driving basket to make it an eight-point game at 24-16.
Holloway later broke it open with a 3-pointer, lifting North 27-18 with 1:30 left in the first half.
The pace slowed down as North edged Morristown 9-8 in the third quarter. Morristown outscored North 20-17 in the final period, but it was not enough.
North improves to 3-6 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference.
Five sophomores led North in scoring. Dayne Lecher led the Chargers with 13 points. Evan Wallpe followed with 12, while Arek Holloway scored 10 (including a pair of 3-pointers). Andrew Hocker scored eight, including a triple, and Donovan Meyer added his own trey and six total points. Luke Badgley and junior Eric Moorman scored two apiece, while Landon Crites chipped in one.
North’s junior varsity team won comfortably, 51-30. The JV Chargers led 17-7 after the first eight minutes and 29-16 at the half. North put the game away with a 15-3 edge in the third quarter.
Ben Kinker led North with 16 points on four 3-pointers (2-for-2 at foul line). Kyle Kramer followed with 15 points, while Luke Perdue scored 10. Ignacio Martinez scored five, Landon Crites added three and Justin Weisenbach chipped in two.
More coverage and statistics will be published online and in Tuesday’s print edition.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.