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King's double-double powers Anderson past Daleville

Jan. 23—ANDERSON — The miles may be wearing on its coach, but in a home game wedged between four long road trips, the Anderson boys basketball team looked anything but worn down Tuesday night.

Damien King recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading four Anderson players in double figures as the Indians handed Daleville a 70-46 defeat on Phil Buck Court.

Anderson (12-3) has won three in a row and seven of its last eight outings while Daleville (7-6) has dropped four of its last five games.

With winning trips to West Lafayette Harrison and Tippecanoe Valley last weekend and with visits to McCutcheon and Lawrence Central looming Friday and Saturday, Anderson coach Donnie Bowling credited travel ball season with his players being unfazed by the miles logged over an eight-day span.

But he was certainly ready to head home immediately following Tuesday's win.

"It wears more on me than on them," Bowling said. "Nowadays, kids have the AAU thing, so they travel all over. Now it wears me out, but they're pretty good with it. I hardly had any energy, but they came out ready."

The Class 1A Broncos jumped out to a 7-4 lead on a drive by Koleman Newsome, but Anderson used a 21-2 run into the second quarter to take full control of the evening. King scored seven points during the run, and junior Javon Warfield — who finished with 10 points — scored five points in rapid succession to end the first quarter with a 3-point basket and a steal and dunk.

Warfield also opened the second quarter with a baseline jumper, but King's ability to dominate on the interior paved the way for Anderson's control of the game.

"He played well," Bowling said. "Damien was able to use his muscle a little bit more."

Newsome scored 17 points for the Broncos, whose coach sees this annual matchup as an opportunity to learn, improve and prepare for the postseason.

"We struggled with our poise at the beginning, and I thought we would do better than that," Broncos coach Ashley Fouch said. "We just got sped up. We can't let other teams dictate what we do offensively."

Meryck Adams scored 13 points for Daleville while Noah Colvin handed out six assists.

A bright spot for the Broncos is they outscored Anderson 18-17 in the third quarter after trailing by 23 at halftime. Also, despite most handicappers projecting an Anderson win of 40 points or more, Fouch's Broncos have stayed much closer than that with the 4A Indians the last two seasons, falling by 13 points last year.

"It's always better than what I expect, I guess," she said. "It comes down to being gritty. That's what we preach all the time. There were a lot of things we could have done better tonight, definitely a learning curve for us."

Jaelan Jackson, who has received little varsity playing time this season, earned more playing time thanks to his efforts in practice, according to Bowling. Based on his output Tuesday, Jackson is likely to see more action in the future.

The junior hit three 3-pointers in the first half and added another in the second half for 12 points, good for second best on the squad.

"He has so much perseverance. I decided to get him in because our shooting hasn't been that good," Bowling said. "He's always showing up at practice. I decided to give him a shot.

"I'm just proud of him. He could have quit. There will be some more minutes."

Christian Townsend added 11 points, Collin Lewis had six assists and Warfield added five steals for Anderson.

The Broncos will host Union (Modoc) on Friday evening as part of a girls and boys doubleheader.

In the junior varsity contest, Anderson defeated Daleville 73-48 behind 16 points from Cooper King. Mekhi Snyder led Daleville's offensive effort, also with 16 points.

Contact Rob Hunt at rob.hunt@heraldbulletin.com or 765-640-4886.