Boys basketball

Bombers, Spartans eliminated in Class 2A at Rensselaer

2014-03-07T21:45:00Z 2014-03-08T02:34:16Z Bombers, Spartans eliminated in Class 2A at RensselaerChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 07, 2014 9:45 pm  • 

RENSSELAER | Rensselaer knew if it was going to advance to its first sectional championship in six seasons it was going to have to win the rebounding battle against Winamac to get there.

After getting out-rebounded 15-9 in the first half, Rensselaer hung tough in the second half and finished in a 31-29 deficit.

But Rensselaer’s shooting touch left it, and Winamac eliminated the hosts 47-40Friday night in Joe Burvan Gymnasium.

Winamac advances to today’s championship to face North Judson, which knocked out North Newton 65-56 in the opener.

“I seriously thought we played at a level good enough to win this game,” Rensselaer coach Kevin Sims said. “When you’re 1-for-16 from 3-point range and 13-for-26 from the free-throw line, you’re in trouble. That was our main problem.”

The Bombers (13-9) fell behind 12-6 after one quarter and still trailed 22-14 at the half.

“Every missed shot they had in the first half, they got a follow-up rebound,” Sims said of the Warriors.

Sparked by the play of Austin Fleming and reserve Isaiah Valencia, the Bombers kept it close in the second half. Fleming scored nine of his 10 points after the break, while Valancia came off the bench to score seven points and grab five rebounds.

Rensselaer got within 36-31 early in the fourth but just couldn’t knock down shots either from the field or at the line.

“When we win, we shoot 70 percent from the free-throw line,” Sims said. “(Friday) we struggled.”

Joey Claussen led the Bombers with 12 points.

Parker Fox and Colin McGee each tallied nine points for the Warriors (13-8)

In the opener, North Newton (2-19) never could get over the hump against North Judson. North Newton trailed 16-14 at the first stop and battled against a sharp-shooting opponent.

Jacob Shabi hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:05 of the second quarter to give Judson a 32-26 lead at the half. Shabi scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the first half.

Bryce Carden, who led the Spartans with 14 points hit two buckets to get within 39-34 early in the third quarter.

The Bluejays (13-8) maintained a 51-45 lead after three quarters.

The Spartans pulled to 51-47 early in the fourth on a Brandon Propes bucket, but they would get no closer the rest of the way.

“Like I told the kids in the (locker room), there were games when we lost because we different give the effort,” North Newton coach Tim Feddeler said. “That wasn’t the case (Friday). The kids gave it everything they’ve got. They left it all out on the floor.”

The Spartans believed they could pull the upset and get to the championship.

“We gave a good effort (Friday),” Carden said.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Who was the area's best baseball player this season?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News