The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 19, 2013

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Danville breaks out of losing slump


DANVILLE —  After 10 games and about two months of tough losses, the Danville boys basketball team broke through on Friday with a 51-47 win over Decatur Eisenhower in Big 12 Conference action for its first win since Nov. 30.

“It has been a long drought, but we have had some close games,” Danville coach Ted Houpt said. “This game was close as well because they hit four 3-pointers near the end, but we hit our free throws and did not turn the ball over.”

Marcus Merriweather, coming off a one-game suspension, and Denzel Smith each scored 18 points for the Vikings while Kylen Butler added four.

“(Merriweather) was 7-of-8 from the line and he made some key plays,” Houpt said. “So it was great to see him back. Steven Williams also had a good game for us and it was great to have both of them on the court.”

The Vikings are 3-14 and will try to stay on the winning track Monday at the Joliet shootout against Chicago Heights Bloom.

“They were a team that was fourth in state last year and that is who we have to put that winning streak against,” Houpt said. ‘But we have played some good teams this season and I hope we can pull the upset.”

Danville will return home on Tuesday to play Urbana in Big 12 action.

Fountain Central 57

Crawfordsville 51

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Luke Davenport had 19 points as the Mustangs held on to beat Crawfordsville.

Ethan Woodrow had 14 points with 12 rebounds for Fountain Central while Sam Woodrow had 10 and Michael Duane added eight.

Covington 57

Southmont 48

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Down 35-34 going into the fourth quarter, the Trojans scored 23 points to clinch the win on the road.

Alex Frechette and Chandler Spring each had 18 points for Covington while Jordan Ahrens had 11 points. Frechette had 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks while Ahrens had four assists and seven rebounds and Spring had three rebounds.


Danville 7

Williamsport 2

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Dustin Skinner had a hat trick as the Dashers defeated the Outlaws.

Jonathan Juliano had two goals for Danville while Justin Levac and Kevin McCready each had one. Levac had three assists, while Lee McClure had two and Skinner, Henry Coxe, David Lun, Ryan Stern, Paul Weisser, Ryan Huggett and McCready each had one

Justin Sand had 33 saves to get the win for the Dashers, who will play the Outlaws again today.