The Noblesville boys basketball team likes to make it close. Their past three games have been two-point victories.
Arsenal Tech led the first three quarters but Noblesville pulled out the comeback for a 60-58 finale. The offense was led by Max Flinchum who went 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. Nolan Ginther added 16 of his own.
Each team had similar rebounds, turnovers, field goal percentage and free throws. One of Noblesville's advantage was their assists. They finished with seven versus Arsenal Tech's zero.
The Millers move to a winning record of 10-9 and head to Lawrence Central on Tuesday before their big Hoosier Crossroads Conference game against Avon Friday.
Huskies drop heartbreaker
It came down to one shot between the Hamilton Heights and Lawrence North boys basketball teams Saturday.
The Wildkats scored just enough in the fourth to bring the score to 46-45 by the buzzer. The teams switched leads in the first two quarters with Heights leading 24-20 at the half.
Camyn Lutz drove through the Wildkat defense for 16 points, going 7-for-12 from the field. Tyler Wiltermood added eight of his own.
This is the fifth loss in a row for the Huskies, two of them being one-point differences. Heights (6-12) faces West Lafayette in the seventh-place match of the Hoosier Conference Tournament Friday.
Carmel falls in regional finals
The Carmel girls basketball team swept past their regional semi-final opponent, Carroll, in an 84-46 affair before dropping in the finals to Homestead.
The No. 2-state ranked Spartans got revenge from an overtime loss earlier in the season to No. 4 Carmel. They defeated the Greyhounds 63-59 to advance to semi-state.
The game was a defensive barrage as each team had 10 points or less in each of the first two quarters. Homestead came out of half with a 21-point response during the third. Carmel took the challenge and rallied for 31 points in the fourth, but it was a few shy.
Amy Dilk led the team with 21 points. Carmel finished their season with a 23-4 record.
University places second in Pioneer
The PAAC championship game ended with a 72-53 Attucks advantage Saturday.
Attucks used a big first quarter to suppress the University offense and held a 26-15 lead at half. The Trailblazers' shooting picked up in the second half. David Howard finished with 17 points and Emerson Halbeib with 10.
University (10-9) heads to Heritage Christian Tuesday.
Mulloy leads Greyhounds past Carroll
Three Carmel boys finished in double figures to give Carmel the 70-65 win over Carroll (Fort Wayne) Saturday.
John Michael Mulloy and Luke Heady had big nights at the free throw line. Mulloy led the team with 20 points, eight of which were freebees. Heady scored 16, nine of which were also free throws. Sterling Brown rounded out the doubles with 12 points.
Carmel (15-4) plays host to MIC leader Warren Central Friday, in the hopes of giving them their first conference loss.
Tigers outrun by Flashes
Franklin Central stifled the Fishers boys offense in a 66-30 blowout Saturday. The Tigers could only put three points up in the first and four points in the third as the Flashes sprinted ahead.
Alex Szilagyi led the Tigers with eight points and Armaan Franklin had six.
Fishers (9-11) play Hoosier Crossroads Conference champion Zionsville Friday.