Winter Sports

2016-2017 Varsity Boys Basketball Team
team
Coaching Staff: Matt Moore (head coach); Phil Cox, Lawrence Burnett, Josh Burkett, Stacey Pollard, Brandon Driscoll, JC Barnett (assistant coaches)

Manager: Arieon Pendergradd, Angel Smalley
Seniors
Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Brevin Beard (22)
Elonte O'Bannon (15)
Ty Sparling (24)
Keenen Wheeler (3)
Anthony Barnard (23)
Trajan Deckard (4)
Nate Hemmerich (50)
Dominick Nix (21)
Deonta Chamberlain (32)
Steven Edwards (2)
Landon Tyler (5)
Julian Wallace (1)
Jayveon White (11)

Anthony Clark (40)
Michael Ewing (20)
Payton McClain (12)
Andra Nash (14)
Shemar Robinson (34)
Jaden Young (42)
Jeremy Baker (35)
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C-Team Roster
Date Opponent Time Score
Nov. 17 Anderson Scrimmage (H) 7:00 pm
Nov. 23 Western (T) 6:00 pm (W) 45-36
Nov. 26 Westfield (T) 6:00 pm Postponed to Feb. 18th
Dec. 2 Peru (T) 6:15 pm (W) 55-50
Dec. 3 Lebanon (H) 6:00 pm (W) 49-43
Dec. 9 McCutcheon G/B DH (H) 6:00 pm (L) 77-53
Dec. 10 Frankfort (T) 6:00 pm (W) 65-37
Dec. 16 Marion G/B DH (H) 6:30 pm (W) 67-61
Dec. 17 Huntington North (T) 6:00 pm Rescheduled to January 17th.
Dec. 27 Zionsville (H) 6:00 pm (L) 57-50
Dec. 29 Lebanon Holiday Tourney (T) TBD Kokomo 71 - Michigan City Marquette 68
Kokomo 68 - Gary 21st Century 53
Dec. 30 Lebanon Holiday Tourney (T) TBD Broad Ripple 61 - Kokomo 59
Jan. 6 Logansport B/G DH (T) 6:30 pm (L) 66-54
Jan. 13 Harrison (H) 6:00 pm (W) 55-47
Jan. 17 Huntington North (T)  6:00 pm  (L) 53-42
Jan. 20 Muncie Central (T) 6:00 pm (L) 43-37
Jan. 21 Tipton (T) 6:00 pm (W) 52-42
Jan. 27 Lafayette Jeff (T) 6:00 pm (W) 51-48
Jan. 28 Cass (H) 6:00 pm (W) 58-43
Feb. 2 Indianapolis Tech (T) 6:00 pm (W) 71-57
Feb. 10 Richmond (H) 6:30 pm (W) 59-51
Feb. 17 Anderson (H) 6:00 pm (W) 61-39
Feb. 18 Westfield (T)  6:00 pm  (W) 55-46
Feb. 21 Fishers (T) 6:00 pm (W) 53-50
Feb. 24 FW Northrop (H) 6:30 pm (W) 68-60
Feb. 28
Mar. 1,3,4
IHSAA Sectional @ Laf. Jeff Zionsville 81 - Harrison 57
Kokomo 56 - Lafayette Jeff 51

Zionsville 66 - Logansport 57
McCutcheon 78 - Kokomo 56

Zionsville vs McCutcheon
There were so many things that have evolved over the past four months in our program that have
made me proud of our players and staff in the continued build of our Wildkat basketball program. With many players in new expanded roles we were challenged in ways that would later define our successes. This was a group that would have to learn how to share their strengths and buy-in to a ‘team first’ mentality in order to achieve success. With another daunting schedule full of North Central Conference opponents and regional qualifiers at all levels, this team had to navigate competitive waters while learning to win in the process.

As we opened up with three wins to start the season I saw a great deal of toughness and poise in our two victories at Peru and against Lebanon, both of which presented defensive challenges for us. It was in those early games that we found our identity in being a team that would rely on our defensive abilities and our willingness to rebound that would set the tone the rest of the season. Another defining moment was our team’s ability to rise to the occasion in our NCC matchup with rival Marion Giants as we knocked off the defending 3A state champs 67-61 at Memorial Gym. With a 5-1 start we were pleased with how quickly our team was meshing but we also knew the toughest stretch of our season was before with as we would face five teams that were currently ranked in the state coaches poll or AP poll.

Over the next eight games were continued to grow and learn as our efforts were good but just not consistent enough to close out a few games. During that three week period we would go 3-5 with wins over eventual regional champions Marquette Catholic and Gary 21st Century along with NCC foe Harrison. After a difficult road defeat to the Muncie Central Bearcats our seniors helped refocus our group for a stretch run that would be a defining time for the 2016-17 team.

Standing at 8-6, the Kats picked up two road wins at Tipton and Lafayette Jeff, in which senior Ty Sparling capped off the win with a three from the corner with just under two seconds to play. From there things began to click and the wins began to stack up. Our group’s defensive effort became much more in sync and we were playing the best team basketball of the season. The Kats would go six weeks between losses, reeling off 10 consecutive victories before falling to defending state runner-up McCutcheon. The Wildkats final record of 18-7 was one that was earned through hard work, persistence, and trusting the process.

On the season this team out-rebounded their opponent 23 of 25 games (two games they were out
rebounded by one rebound), and for the third consecutive season Kokomo lead the North Central Conference in rebounding.

Senior Ty Sparling led the charge averaging 12 points per game while shooting 46% from three. Fellow seniors Brevin Beard and Keenen Wheeler were our defensive catalysts, but also provided 16 points and eight rebounds per game between them while shooting 55% and 49%, respectively. Senior Elonte O’Bannon saw limited action but did record a game high seven rebounds against Peru. Anthony Barnard finished off a great junior year averaging 13 points, six rebounds and one block per game while shooting 50% from the field and 42% from three.

This group’s willingness to play as a team is shown by the number of different ways we were able to win games and by the number of players that would step up in different spots. Seven different times we had a different leading scorer and on six different occasions we had a different leading rebounder.

This was truly a fun varsity team to coach and we got as much out of them as we could. Now the bar has been raised and our program must once again take the steps necessary to reinvest in our younger players and improve this offseason to put ourselves back in a position next season to compete for a North Central Conference championship and a Sectional 7 championship.

Coach Moore
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