Boys basketball: Linton-Stockton has slowly risen up the ranks
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or email@example.com March 21, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:34PM
INDIANAPOLIS — The rise for Linton-Stockton has been anything but meteoric.
The Miners were 4-18 in 2010, the same year that Bowman won its first state title.
They took mediocre steps the next two seasons, winning 11 and 12 games before arriving at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the state title game with a thrilling 76-75 overtime victory over Speedway last week.
Check this notion at the door: That Bowman will overwhelm Linton-Stockton with its talent and rugged play.
The Miners (24-3) start two of the best players in the history of their school, according to Joey Hart, their coach. They have 15 school records between them.
Austin Karazsia, a 6-8 center, averages 20.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds. A senior, he is an Indiana All-Star candidate, who is a mid-major Division I prospect.
Hart called him the “best post player in the history of the (Southwest) Conference.”
His teammate, Dess Fougerousse, a 6-5 forward, is just as productive. Fougerousse averages 20.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
The Miners don’t lack size, either. They start Bryant Jackson, a 6-3 junior at one guard spot and Jackson Bohnert, a 6-4 senior, at the other forward position.
Keith Fulk, a 5-10 senior, plays point guard though Hart said the team really doesn’t have a true point guard. Starting point guard Sam Dyar was lost for the season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament after the regular season. All five of the Miners’ players will handle the ball.
Bowman coach Marvin Rea said Linton-Stockton “must be doing something right to go from winning four games a few years to the state title game.”
Linton-Stockton won’t necessarily try to slow-down the game against Bowman, a team that has been known to like to play up tempo.
The Miners are averaging 63.5 points per game and they will occasionally employ a zone press.
Hart said the team has to keep its composure to have a chance.
“If we can handle the ball and take care of the pressure, we feel like we have a chance,” Hart said. “We feel like we can defend and rebound and get good shots.”