60 to 11. Yes, you read that right. 60 to 11. That was the final score from Delta High School Friday night as the Delta Eagles hammered a winless Blackford Bruins basketball team. Both teams have 4 Seniors. Both teams play in class 3A. Both teams have a tough road ahead of them in the Muncie Central Sectional. What went oh so wrong for Blackford and oh so right for Delta?
Well for starters it was Senior night at Delta High School. A good crowd came to watch and honor the Seniors which helped to turn Delta’s gym into a very intimidating place to play for a young Blackford team. Yes, Blackford has 4 seniors, but other than a few Juniors, the rest of the team and the entire JV team are Freshmen. Young and inexperienced, that’s probably the best way to describe the Bruins as they were only able to hit one field goal and two free throws in the first quarter, and a field goal and free throw in the 2nd. It wasn’t that the Bruins weren’t taking shots, it just that the shots wouldn’t hit. Bad looks, bad shots, and sloppy basketball were the aliments of the first half, and the second wasn’t much better. Blackford did not score a single point in the third quarter. Let that sink in for a moment. Nothing in the third. No field goals, no 3s, and no free throws. Many were attempted but nothing hit. Was Delta just that good? More on them later. In the fourth , Austin Felver attempted to ignite the Blackford offense by scoring a three, but just like a like rain soaked firewood there was no fire to result from that spark. One more free throw and you have the entire 11 points from the Bruins.
So based on the score did the Eagles play perfect? Have they become unstoppable? Let’s not get too excited. Delta by no means played perfect. Some sloppy ball handling, silly turnovers, and a miscommunication on defense to allow the only 3 scored by Blackford, lessened the cut to the Bruin jugular. Impressively, while the Eagle defense was acceptable in the first half, the Eagles toughened up and really smashed the Bruins into submission. What was so different? Asking Coach VanSkyock after the game he said Delta played the second half “to beat Muncie Central.” And with the defense they used, other than a small blown coverage, the Bearcats will have their work cut out for them tomorrow night to open sectionals.
All in all a very impressive victory for the Eagles and what a game to have on Senior night. The guys have their work cut out for them on Tuesday, but if they play with the same fire and intensity, the game will come down to the wire. For Blackford? Well they face one of the better teams in the sectional with Yorktown. The outcome of that game could be much, much worse. You can hear all of the action right here on Fox Sports Radio. The first game will be Muncie Central vs. Delta to open sectionals tomorrow night with the pregame show at 6:45 and the tip at 7pm. The next game will be Yorktown taking on Blackford, Friday night with pregame at 5:45 and the tip at 6pm, and the winner of Muncie Central/Delta taking on Hamilton Heights following that game. Saturday is the Championship. And, while it may not look like it outside with all of the snow, March Madness is here my friends… at least here in the state of Indiana.
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