Tippecanoe used a balanced scoring attack last week, as they defeated Eaton 53-40 in a non-conference boys’ basketball game at Tipp. The Red Devils built a comfortable lead at the half, and maintained the intensity through the final 16 minutes leading them to their fourth win of the season, includes four of their last five. Tipp opened the season with four consecutive losses but have turned their play around.
“Eaton is really physical and we knew they would come after us and attack the rim,” said Tippecanoe coach Joel Visser. “We did a good job on the glass even though size is something we don’t have a lot of.”
“We won our third straight game. The effort was there, we played hard and shot the ball pretty well in the first half. We kind of fell asleep in the second half.”
Tipp bolted out to a quick 7-3 lead on the Eagles, as Caiden Smith opened the game with a big three. Another three the old fashioned style from Noah Bledsoe added to the lead and ended up with six points in the opening quarter to give the Red Devils a 16-10 lead.
Leading by five, the Red Devils put together a run in the second period to extend their lead to double figures. Smith and Cade Gingerich each buried a three, while Adam Grieshop scored at the rim, to push their lead out to 28-15 with 2:33 left in the half.
A pair of free throws by the Eagles stopped the Tipp run, but a pair of layups from Bledsoe and Josh Wildermuth helped Tipp use a 12-2 run to end the half and take a 32-17 lead heading into the break.
In a lower scoring third period, Eaton used a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to 35-24 with 4:50 left in the third period. From there, the Tipp defense tightened up and scores from Grieshop, Gingerich and Bledsoe to end the quarter saw Tipp hold the Eagles scoreless the remaining four minutes of the period, and the Red Devils took a 41-24 lead into the fourth period.
Eaton put together a solid fourth period to score 16 points, but Tipp maintained their double digit lead, and earned the win.
“I am pleased but we have a long way to go, but we are getting better,” Visser said. “Our chemistry is starting to come along and our junior class is starting to mature and play better.”
Tipp travels to Fairborn on Friday and hosts Milton Union on Saturday.