Tippecanoe boys basketball team’s season ends with loss in D-II district semifinals


SPRINGFIELD — It was another strong season for the Tippecanoe boys basketball team and coach Adam Toohey.

And the Red Devils, 19-5, stayed close for the better part of three quarters Friday night in a D-II district semifinal with Chaminade-Julienne, 17-7, at Springfield High School.

But, the Eagles were able to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 69-54 victory.

In a game where Tippecanoe never led, a Gavin Garlitz basket with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter tied the game at 2-2, the last time Tipp would be even in the game.

After Tipp fell behind 6-2, Stanley Clyne hit a 3-pointer and Jackson Smith matched a pair of C-J free throws with two os his own.

Cole Coppock had a basket late in the quarter to make it 13-9, before the Eagles’ Jonathan Powell closed the quarter with a basket.

Clyne opened the second quarter with two free throws to pull Tipp within 15-11, but C-J would score the next five points.

Tipp answered with four points by Clyne, but C-J would open it back up to 33-24 by halftime.

The Red Devils would get down by 11 early in the third quarter, but Clyne answered with a 3-pointer.

Tipp was still down 10 when Coppock scored on a Garlitz assist and Garlitz hit a 3-pointer to get the Red Devils within 37-32.

C-J opened the lead back up to 47-38 going to the fourth quarter and Tipp would never get any closer.

There were 31 free throws shot in the fourth quarter, 20 by C-J before the game finally ended.

Clyne led Tippecanoe with 20 points.

Garlitz scored nine and Coppock added eight points.

Liam Poronsky had six points and five rebounds and Smith pulled down five rebounds.

Powell and Kylan Tucker scored 16 points each for C-J.

Josiah Bowman had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Luke Chandler had 11 points and five rebounds and Kenyan Owens pulled down five rebounds.

Tipp was 16 of 49 from the floor for 33 percent and 17 of 22 from the line for 77 percent.

C-J was 20 of 50 from the floor for 40 percent and 24 of 35 from the line for 69 percent.

The Eagles won the battle of the boards 28-19 and had six turnovers to Tippecanoe’s eight.

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