WASHINGTON TWP. | Times No. 7 Washington Township closed the second quarter on a 17-0 run to blow open what was a close game and remain perfect in Porter County Conference play with an 81-48 victory over host Kouts on Friday.
Three Kouts players scored] in double figures, led by Andrew Birky’s 19. Birky also grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Cody Nelson added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and Max Everaert chipped in with 12 thanks to 8-of-9 shooting at the free-throw line.
“I just let the game come to me,” Nelson said. “I tried to get good shots and I tried to set up my teammates. It all worked out.”
In all, nine of the 11 Mustangs who saw action scored a field goal.
“We had a lot of people scoring,” Kouts coach Marty Gaff said.
Two free throws from Everaert with 3:07 left in the second quarter started a 17-0 spurt that turned a five-point lead into a 45-23 advantage at halftime.
Nelson and Everaert had back-to-back 3-point plays. Matt Stewart followed with a put-pack, and Nick Taylor followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
“We got on a roll and we were getting up and down the court and getting good looks,” Gaff said.
Everaert closed out the run with a basket in transition and a pair of free throws.
Kouts (10-1, 3-0 PCC) forced nine Washington Township turnovers in the second quarter and limited the Senators to 2-of-14 shooting.
Nelson scored 10 of his 18 points in the opening quarter, while Birky scored 12 of his 19 in the third.
“Cody stepped up and had a big game for us, and Andrew has done that for us a lot this year,” Gaff said.
The Mustangs shot 30-of-55 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line.
Ryan Geberin led Washington Township (6-5, 1-3) with 12 points.
Stewart and Taylor each added nine points for Kouts.