It wasn’t your typical Indiana high school basketball game at The Hive in Beech Grove.  246 points were scored in as the Warren Township Owls beat the Caston Comets 128 – 118 in the Marion County Basketball Coaches Association senior all-star game.  It was a fast paced game as Owls coach Ron Gant (North Central) and Comets coach Don Carlisle (Ben Davis) let their squads play up tempo in a game that had zero timeouts.  Think there was a set offense?  Nope.  Both teams were firing from behind the arc at will.  33 three-pointers made in all…. 20 by the Owls and 13 for the Comets.

Ben Davis’s Tionne Spates took control early with three impressive blocks for the Comets while teammate Damon Thompkins nailed three from long range on his way to 11 first half points.  Not to be outdone was Perry Meridian sharp shooter Connor McNabb drilling four 3’s for the Owls.  Thompkins finished the night with 15 points while McNabb netted 17.

The game went back and forth deep into the second half when Gant’s Owls took control thanks to an 18 point outburst from Brebeuf’s Billy Smith.  The Miami of Ohio commit found his mark pouring in four 3’s and 18 points.  Smith led all scorers with a game-high 28.  North Central’s David Lloyd added 12 in the second half.  Lloyd scored 19 on the night.  Park Tudor’s Jordan Bowles fired in four from behind the arc on his way to 20 points for the Owls while Pike’s Dante Porch was efficient driving the lane all night knocking in 18.  Lloyd’s Panthers teammate Davis Olson chipped in 12.

Chandler Jackson from Warren Central was on fire most of the night leading the way for the Comets with 26 points.  He had held from Ben Davis’s Kenny Troutman who went on a streak of five 3’s in a row in the second half and 19 for the game.  Lawrence Central’s BJ Smith added 13 and both Franklin Central’s Rynell Echols and Spates scored 12 points each for the Comets.

This annual event dates back to 2017 benefitting the Matt English Foundation providing scholarships to graduating seniors who exhibit the We Before Me principles set by Matt and provides support for families facing a cancer diagnosis.  English was Head Coach of Beech Grove for years losing his battle with brain cancer in 2018.  Those interested in applying for assistance or donating may find more information on the foundation Facebook page.


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