WASHINGTON TWP. | Scott Bowersock had a pretty simple explanation for his Washington Township boys basketball team’s second-half offensive outburst on Friday night.
“We hit shots,” he said. “We told them at halftime that we thought they were taking good shots and they just weren’t falling. We told our guys to keep taking the shots they were taking because they were going to fall.”
The Senators were 16-of-29 from the field and scored 42 points in the second half en route to a 64-49 win over Hebron in Porter County conference action.
Washington Township (9-5, 3-2 PCC) used a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter to turn a four-point edge into a 34-20 lead.
Bryce Pappas started the spurt with a baseline drive. Alex Perez followed up with a 3-pointer from the wing. Nathan Line and Alex Lowther each scored on putbacks and Perez capped the run with a three-point play.
“It was huge,” Bowersock said of the run. “We knew Hebron is a well-coached team, and we didn’t want it to be a close game at the end.
“We wanted to give ourselves a cushion, and that allowed our defense to be more aggressive.”
Washington Township led by as many as 19. Hebron (11-4, 3-2) chipped the lead down to 12 but could not get any closer.
Brandon Adkins scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Senators. Perez added 13, while Pappas had 12 and Line had 10.
“That’s what we strive for,” Bowersock said. “For us to be successful we need to have three to five guys in double figures every night.”
Tony Rose had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hawks. Drew Wheeler also had 12 points, all coming in the second half.
Hebron grabbed 19 offensive rebounds but were 1-of-17 on 3-pointers. The Hawks finished with a 40-33 rebounding edge.