The North Decatur boys basketball team played two weekend games on the road. The Chargers fell to Morristown 66-51 Friday and lost to Union County 61-53 Saturday.
North fell to Morristown 66-51 after trailing 23-13 at the first stop. The Yellow Jackets took a 43-31 lead into the break and outscored North 23-20 in the second half.
Lecher led his team with 14 points, including three of North’s seven triples. Hammersmith added 12 points with a triple. Ricke scored eight points (2 triples) and Johnson added a triple and a 4-for-4 effort at the foul line for seven points. Geis scored four, and adding two apiece were Kirchhoff, senior Dylan Koors and Donovan Meyer. North shot 6-for-9 on free throws in the game.
North’s JV team fell to Morristown 50-27. The Chargers trailed 8-4 after the first six minutes, but came back to tie the score at 10 going into the break. Morristown, though, outscored North 23-11 in the third quarter and 17-6 in the fourth.
Six different players scored for North. Freshman Donovan Meyer scored a team-high eight points. Freshman Evan Wallpe followed with six, while Brian Williamson scored five. Eric Moorman’s 3-pointer, Arek Holloway’s three points and Andrew Hocker’s two rounded out the scoring.
Ten three’s not enough against Patriots
Against Union County, North fell behind 18-4 after the first eight minutes. The Chargers, though, came back and pulled to within seven, trailing just 28-21 at the break with a 17-10 second quarter run.
The teams played even in the second half, with the Patriots outscoring the Chargers 33-32 after halftime.
Although North shot just 1-for-2 from the foul line, the visitors sank 10 shots from 3-point range. Five different Chargers hit a 3-ball. Senior John Hammersmith led his team with 14 points, including one trey. Freshman Zach Johnson followed with a trio of triples for 13 points, while Andrew Hocker’s four triples led his team. He scored 12 points. Freshman Dayne Lecher scored five points, including a 3-ball. Junior Brock Ricke scored four, senior Kevin Geis added a triple and senior Jason Kirchhoff scored two.
The JV Chargers were victors in the first game 42-38. Evan Wallpe led his team with 19 points. Meyer scored seven, Austin Brown scored six and Arek Holloway added five. Rounding out the scoring was Brian Williamson with a 3-pointer and Eric Moorman with two.
North hosts two games this weekend. The Chargers host Class 3A Batesville Friday and Class 4A East Central Saturday night.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.