Devils look to keep firing at Caston
By Mark Smith email@example.com December 18, 2012 1:26PM
Lowell's Aaron Hamm puts up a shot during a game against Morton on Friday, December 7th, in Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Caston Basketball Shootout
Dec. 19-22 @ Caston , Ind - 2 gyms (all - Central times)
12-19 (late Wed) Oregon Davis (0-5) vs. Caston (3-3)
12-19 (late Wed.) Morgan Township (1-4) vs. KV (4-3)
12-20 (T) Hagerstown (5-0) vs. Rensselaer (3-3) 7:15
12-20 (T) Northfield (3-2) vs. LOWELL (3-4) 7:15
12-22 (S) OD or Caston vs. Morgan or KV - 12 noon.
12-22 (S) Hagerstown/Rensselaer vs.
Northfield/LOWELL- 12 noon.
12-22 (S) 7th place game - 5 p.m.
12-22 (S) 5th place game - 5 p.m.
12-22 (S) 12 noon losers meet (3rd place) 6:30 p.m.
12-22 (S) 12 noon winners meet (title) 6:30 p.m.
Hamilton Heights Holiday Tournament
12-28-12 in Arcadia, Indiana
Dec. 28 (Fri.) Irvington Prep Academy (1-6)
at Hamilton Heights (2-2), 9 am (CST)
Dec. 28 (Fri) Roncalli (2-3)
vs. HANOVER CENTRAL (5-1), 10:30 am (CST)
Dec. 28 (Fri) m==orning losers - 5 pm
Dec. 28 (Fri.) morning winners meet, 6:30 pm
Hanover Central winter classic
Dec 27-28, 2012 at Hanover Central
Thursday, Dec. 27 - QUARTERFINALS
HANOVER CENTRAL (6-3) vs. Morton (5-4) 11 a.m.
Wheeler (3-5) vs. Bowman Academy (0-6) 11 a.m.
Knox (1-9) vs. Whiting (9-0) 12:30 p.m
Griffith (7-3) vs. Beecher, Ill. (5-8) 12;30 p.m.
HC/Morton vs. Wheeler/Bowman - 6 p.m.
Knox/Whiting vs. Griffith/Beecher - 7:30 p.m.
FINALS - Friday, Dec 28 - East gym
7th place - 6 p.m.
5th place - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 28 - West gym
3rd place - 6 p.m
Championship game - 7:30 P.m.
Updated: February 18, 2013 1:17AM
The way the Caston Shootout is set up, you better win the first game or it’s not going to be a fun weekend.
The eight-team Caston tournament, which features Lowell’s Red Devils for the first time, actually began with two semifinal games Wednesday night. Thursday’s matchups send Lowell against Class 3A Northfield in a game that is sechduled to begin about 7:15 Northwest Indiana time.
If the Devils (3-4) top Northfield, they will drive back to Caston for a 12 noon semifinal game Saturday with the chance to qualify for the Saturday night championship game in the main gym at Caston, which is in Fulton County abut 30 miles south of Plymouth.
If the Devils do not win tonight, they still get to go back to Caston for two comsolation games at a nearby elementary school Saturday with a chance, at best, to finish in fifth place.
That doesn’t sound like a good time to me.
The Devils have had a good stretch. Friday they topped Hobart 51-44 as Zach Van Hook scored 27 and Lowell sank 14 of 16 from the foul line. It was Lowell’s third consecutive win after an 0-4 start.
If Hanover Central tops Griffith (6-2) Friday night in a big nonconference matchup, the Cats will take a 6-1 record down Interstate 65 when they make their debut in the Hamilton Heights Holiday Tournament in northern Hamilton County north of Indianapolis.
The Cats will also see a first time foe in Roncalli (2-3), a team with a deceptive record. The Roncalli Rebels have lost to 4A Perry Meridian, 1A power Lafayette Catholic and defending 2A state champion Park Tudor.
Roncalli scored a big win over Indianapolis Catholic city rival Brebeuf 63-52 last Friday.
Hanover Central’s girls don’t travel for the holidays but they’d probably like to do something for the first time. too.
They’d like to win the four year-old Winter Classic. The home team has never won it all here.
The host team is going to have to go hard to defeat Morton in the opening game. The Governors, led by 6-foot-2 senior center Keonna Baldwin, are 5-4 but they do have a telling 59-19 loss to Gary West Side.
For the sake of the tournament, hopefully Whiting defeats Boone Grove Saturday night at Boone so the Oilers (11-0) can get to Cedar Lake with an undefeated record.
Whiting was 16-6 last season and it returns four starters, including 5-foot-8 guard Bri Blackwell, who averaged 16.2 points per game lats season plus 6-foot freshman Alex Danielides.
Hanover can’t meet Whiting until the championship game and that may not happen because Whiting could earn a semifinal matchup with Griffith (7-3), a proven trouble-maker with a defensive average of just over 31 points per game allowed.
The feature of this tournament may be the semifinals, when Hanover and coach Doug Nelson figure to meet Wheeler (3-5) coached by Doug’s brother Dustin Nelson.
Dustin Nelson was coach of Washington Township’s girls and Calumet’s boys but since Doug Nelson has come to Hanover, this would be the first “family fued” meeting.