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High school boys basketball: Potent Penn rolls


Brooks leads the way in sectional final


Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:54 am


SOUTH BEND — Long before Monday night’s Class 4-A sectional championship tipoff, Penn basketball players stretched out on the bleachers in street clothes.

As the first wave of fans entered Washington High’s gym, an older couple sat down in the front row near senior Taylor Brooks and assistant coach Steve Lemme.

“The lady recognized Taylor,” Lemme said. “She said, ‘You’re No. 33. You’re a good player. Good luck tonight.’


“I said, ‘Thanks. I’ve been trying to tell him that all season.’”


Brooks finally got the message. The slender 6-foot-5 inside threat showed a confidence that had been lacking for a good chunk of the season. He had 12 points and eight rebounds while playing a key role in Penn’s 70-45 victory over Riley (14-9).


The title earned the Kingsmen (22-1) a berth in the Michigan City Regional Saturday against Concord (15-8) at about 12:30 (EDT).


Brooks, who came off the bench, was dominant inside. He was a big reason Penn was able to double up Riley, 36-18, on the boards.


“(Before this season) he and (Penn’s other big man) Andrew Kimm had never played in a big game before,” said Lemme, who is in charge of the “bigs.” “They didn’t play well in our (loss to) Washington (Jan. 17).


“After that game, we discussed (their need to come of age). I told them, ‘The honeymoon’s over.’ I said, ‘Do you understand what that means?’ They said, ‘No coach.’”


Lemme and head coach Al Rhodes broke it down to basics: If the big men can contribute, Penn’s high-octane guards can be that much better.


It worked Monday.


While Brooks was a beast inside, Billy Doslak (15 points), Jordan Geist (14) and Ryan Lutz (10) were able to do their thing on the perimeter.


“I knew this game was going to be special before we even stepped on the floor,” said Brooks. “We were focused in the locker room. We wanted this game more. We were hungry.”


“Our focus was rebounding,” said Rhodes. “If we could limit (Riley) to one shot, we’d be good.”


The Wildcats actually got seven offensive rebounds and scored seven second-chance points. Micah Williams led Riley with 12 points.


“(Penn’s) first possession, I think they had five offensive rebounds,” said Riley coach Mark Johnson. “That set the tone for the rest of the game.


“They’re able to go seven or eight deep, and they’re interchangeable parts. There’s a reason they’re 22-1.”


Riley was within reach at intermission, trailing 40-29. Midway through the third quarter a basket by Williams cut the difference to eight, 47-39. From there, a 19-3 Penn run that stretched three minutes into the fourth quarter made it a rout.


The Kingsmen, ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll, appear to be in good shape.


Hamilton Southeastern (ranked No. 3) and No. 4 Fort Wayne North play each other in the first game of the Marion Regional, which feeds into the same semistate as Penn. If the Kingsmen get by Concord in the regional, No. 8 Lake Central or LaPorte will be waiting in the other bracket.


Penn actually got a break when the sectional championship game was moved to Monday because of its girls team’s participation in the State Finals Saturday night. Rhodes said his players’ legs were weary after the thrilling overtime win over Washington Friday night.


“Washington took a lot out of us,” Rhodes said. “But not being able to practice Sunday (because of IHSAA rules) was difficult. That was one of the longest weekends of my life.


“By (Monday), our legs were fine.”


It showed.


PENN (70): Jordan Geist 6 0-0 14, Billy Doslak 2 9-11 15, Ryan Lutz 2 4-4 10, Christian Wittendorf 2 2-2 6, Andrew Kimm 1 2-2 4, Taylor Brooks 4 4-5 12, Nate Miller 1 2-2 4, Cory Kreiger 1 2-2 5, Isaiah Cook 0 0-0 0, Matt Chaffee 0 0-0 0, Matt Trewhella 0 0-0 0, Camden Bohn 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 25-28 70.


RILEY (45): Ja’Mare Washington 2 0-1 4, Micah Williams 5 0-0 12, Reontre’ Lawrence 3 1-3 7, JaQuan Walker 2 1-2 5, Junior Scott 0 2-2 2, Thaddeus Phillips 1 0-0 2, Miquan Patton 3 1-2 7, Jadon Grundy 0 0-0 0, Joshua Hodge 2 2-4 6, Tyler Shell 0 0-0 0, Reggie Edmerson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 7-14 45.



Penn 14 40 58 70
Riley 11 29 42 45



Shooting: Penn 19 of 43 (44 percent), Riley 18 of 45 (40 percent); 3-point goals: Penn 7 (Geist 2, Doslak 2, Lutz 2, Kreiger 1), Riley 2 (Williams 2); Rebounds: Penn 36 (Brooks 8), Riley 18 (Hodge 4, Washington 4); Turnovers: Penn 11, Riley 13; Total fouls (fouled out): Penn 14 (none), Riley 21 (none); Records: Penn 22-1, Riley 14-9; Officials: Eric Coburn, Zach Sliwa, Raymond Dix.