BB PREVIEWS: Logan hosts Benton Central for senior night

Feb. 23—The Logansport boys basketball team will honor its four seniors prior to tonight's game against Benton Central at the Berry Bowl.

The Berries will recognize Jacob Taylor, Isaac Russell, Cooper Smith and Aryan Patel during senior night festivities.

"The guys have worked hard. All of them have been in the program for a long time," Logansport coach Matt Lange said. "So it's nice to have guys who are returning year after year and put in the effort. We thank them for what they've done for the school and for the program itself."

The Berries enter with a 10-12 record with one game left in the regular season, which is already a two-win improvement from a year ago. It's seven more wins than they had two years ago.

They've struggled against NCC competition with just one win against Harrison in eight games in their final year in the league.

They face a Benton Central team (14-8) that will be a conference opponent next season in the Hoosier Conference. The Bison have won the last three meetings with the Berries.

"This year they've got a lot of shooters, play about 10 deep," Lange said. "They're up and down the floor, 90 mph, a very good team. They're record is now 14-8, so very formidable. We're looking forward to playing them and hopefully we can come out with a victory."

The Berries recorded an 80-47 win their last time out at North Miami to snap a two-game losing streak.

"We were able to get the ball up and down the floor pretty well, something we've liked to do all year," Lange said. "I think it may have overwhelmed them a little bit at times. It was a good win for us, it helps us get ready for the next couple weeks with Benton Central and then coming up in the sectional."

Taylor leads the Berries averaging 13.5 ppg. Chrisanthony Del Valle averages 10.1 ppg, Russell averages 9.9 ppg, Carson Dubes averages 6.4 and Smith adds 6.3 ppg and is the leading rebounder at 4.5 rpg.


Cass played a hard-fought, low-scoring game earlier in the week in a 33-27 loss to Twin Lakes on Tuesday in Walton.

The Kings face another former Hoosier Conference opponent when they travel to Lafayette Central Catholic tonight.

The Knights finished runner-up to Class 2A No. 1 Tipton this year in the HC. Twin Lakes finished third.

Cass found the going tough in its first year in the TRC with a seventh-place finish in the 10-team league with a 3-6 record. But the Kings seem to be playing their best basketball down the final stretch of the season with a defensive-oriented approach.

L.J. Hillis is averaging 15 ppg and 4.7 rpg to lead the Kings. Brennan Deeter adds 8.3 ppg and Bryce Rudd adds 8.0 ppg.

TRI-COUNTY (10-11) AT PIONEER (8-12)

Pioneer hosts Tri-County tonight for senior night.

The Panthers will honor their four seniors, Drew McKaig, Brayden Erickson, Rylahn Toloza and Luke Blackman.

McKaig leads the Panthers at 17.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.2 spg. Lucas Perry adds 6.3 ppg and Brayden Erickson adds 5.4 ppg.

Tri-County is a former Midwest Conference and sectional opponent of Pioneer's. There's a chance the sectional rivalry will renew next year as Pioneer is likely headed back to Class A due to the IHSAA's new classification rules. The Panthers compete at the Class 2A Lewis Cass Sectional next week.

Pioneer hosts West Central (3-16) Saturday night to conclude the regular season.