The Versailles Republican Sports

February 24, 2011

Jac-Cen-Del Eagle varsity boys secure a pair of late season conference wins on the road

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

In leading up to the regular season finale where rival JCD and South Ripley butt heads for the regular season wrap, the Eagles have claimed a pair of road wins.
Eagles vs Shiners
JCD traveled to Rising Sun High School, where they contested the Shiners to a varsity 15 point victory, 64-49, by game's end
The Eagles enjoyed a narrow one point lead at the end of the first period at 16-15, however, second period action left them wondering what had hit them as they left the court for the half time break trailing by seven, 25-32,
A much stronger defensive effort by the Eagles, a pair of long distance 3-pointers by senior Eagle Joe Abplanalp and three senior Trevor Arnett FG's in the third period left a totally different look to the game as the period ended with JCD on top by 16 at 50-34.
Though the Shiners managed to out score the Eagles 15-14 in the fourth period, it was much too little, much too late, allowing JCD to finish on the job as the 15 point victor at 64-49.
Individual Scoring
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 64
Trevor Arnett 23
Derek Lunsford 9
Matt Speer 9
Joe Abplanalp 8
Codey Martin 8
Jayson Purdy 4
Brock Shadday 3
Trent Smith 0
Dustin Wagner 0
Andrew Snyder 0
Rising Sun Shiners 49
Nathan Hannan 17
Josh Uhlmansiek 9
Kreigh Liggett 8
Jake Willhite 7
Tyler Jones 5
Alex Oser 3
Ryan Dugan 0
Jeremy Cravens 0
Brandon Turner 0
Miles Morris 0
Tyler Unger 0
Brent Cummings 0
For the game, FG shooting heavily favored JCD with 23 to 13 for RS. FT shooting however favored the Shiners as they connected on 8/9 attempts while the Eagles could only put down 6/10 tries. Three point shooting also went the Shiners direction at 5 to 4 for JCD.
The JCD vs RS match up could be repeated in the IHSAA Class 1A Boys Sectional championship game at South Decatur HS as the two teams were drawn in a manner that should they each win to the final game, face each other yet again this year.
The Shawe Memorial Hilltoppers face the Rising Sun Shiners in the opener. The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles battle the Oldenburg Academy Twisters in their first round battle with the winner earning a spot in the championship battle. The hosting South Decatur Cougars play the winner of the opening Shawe vs Rising Sun contest with the winner earning the remaining spot in a battle for the sectional championship and an extended season in regional action.
Eagles vs Pacers
JCD traveled to Switzerland County High School at Vevay, where they contested the Pacers to an 11 point varsity victory, 71-60.
The Eagle varsity again enjoyed a narrow edge at the end of one quarter's play, up two points at 17-15, at the horn's sounding. By the conclusion of the first half, the Eagles had maintained the narrow two point edge, but could not gain any distance on the Pacers. The second period ended with JCD at 31-29 over SC.
Again in the third period of play, a much stronger defensive effort was afforded by the Eagles, along with a three FG and two FT offensive effort by Eagle senior Derek Lunsford that helped JCD move to a seven point edge over the Pacers at 47-40 at the end of the third period.
Though the Pacers managed to score 20 points in the final period, the Eagles connected to add 24, concluding the game with a JCD 11 point victory at 71-60.
A second on the road conference challenge met late in the season with a positive outcome for the Eagles and JCD's Coach David Bradshaw.
Individual Scoring
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 71
Trevor Arnett 17
Matt Speer 17
Joe Abplanalp 15
Derek Lunsford 13
Jayson Purdy 5
Codey Martin 2
Trent Smith 2
Brock Shadday 0
Dustin Wagner 0
Andrew Snyder 0
Switzerland Co. Pacers 60
Keegan Kincaid 23
Adam Clark 22
Quinn Meyer 6
Tyler Queen 5
Alex Curran 4
Trevor Smith 0
Anthony Dennis 0
Hunter Jordan 0
Austin Clark 0
Braden Burk 0
Justus Powell 0
For the game, Switzerland County topped the FG shooting at 19 to 17 over JCD. A virtual tie % wise in FT shooting, however JCD made 16/18 while SC netted 7/8. Three point shooting also favored the Eagles narrowly at 7 to 5 for the Pacers.

Pictured above from left, Jac-Cen-Del Eagle seniors Trevor Arnett (50) and Derek Lunsford (32) watch as senior teammate Joe Abplanalp rises to deliver the 3-point shot from the corner over defending Rising Sun Shiners. The Eagles won 64-49.