Roundball Roundup: Tri-Champs in NIC

Three's the charm.

And the NIC has shown a lot of charm this season so its only fitting that the conference championship came down to the final night and three schools are now NIC champions.

Riley could have won the title outright, but Marcus Johnson and the Indians wouldn't let that happen.

Johnson scored 21 points as St. Joe withstood a late Wildcat rally to defeat Riley 52-46 at Alumni Gym on Friday night.

The Indians led 24-16 at the half. Riley head coach Mark Johnson's halftime talk was so long that his kids didn't even get a chance to take any warm up shots before the start of the 3rd.

But Riley did respond, pulling within a point in the 4th quarter on a Larry King putback. King led the Wildcats with 11 points.

But the Wildcats would never take the lead. Luke Lattimer would hit a long jumper and then Johnson would hit a key three to seal the win.

The Indians held Riley's top two guns---JT Breveard and Zac Cook to a combined 7 points. The duo usually averages 28 a game.

St. Joe and Riley are joined as Tri-Champions by Washington.

The Panthers defeated Elkhart Central 76-62.

The Blazers, entering the game just 1-5 in the NIC, came out of the game strong and led 12-4 early on.

But Washington turned it on from there to pull out the huge win.

Washington, Riley, and St. Joe all finish at 6-2 in the NIC.

Adams could made it quad champions, but the Eagles lost on the road to Penn 54-51.

In other NIC action, Clay defeated Mishawaka 47-44.
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Two of the hottest teams in the area went at it at Plymouth High School in a non-conference battle.

The host Pilgrims were shooting for their 10th straight win while Knox was in search of their 9th consecutive victory.

But the defending 3a champions have something Knox does not have---Randy Davis.

The outstanding guard poured in 31 points including two fantastic buckets that must be viewed to be truly appreciated as the Pilgrims trounced the Redskins 70-31.

Plymouth is now 16-2 on the season. Knox drops to 14-4.
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At Tippy Valley, former players from many generations were on hand to honor legendary coach Bill Patrick for his induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Patrick, now in his 39th season as a head coach, followed up the ceremony by winning his 657th career game.

And it came against one of the state's very best as the Vikings defeated 1a powerhouse Triton 61-49.

The Trojans entered the week undefeated, but have now lost two straight games.

Tippy Valley is now 15-4 on the season.

Patrick is in his 10th season as the Vikings head coach. He is 179-44 at Tippy Valley and an unbelievable 657-224 overall.


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