Last night Resler Gymnasium was rocking! Everyone was on their game from our unified basketball team, cheer team, dance team, pep band, and the boys basketball teams. Two seniors were honored by Ashley Adsit and American Family Insurance for their efforts in the pool (Quincy Rice) and on the court (Robert Phinisee). As always, it is great to be a Mav!
LAFAYETTE — Uh oh.
The McCutcheon Mavericks have developed that killer instinct.
You know, the one they had last season when they buried teams left and right and ended up in the state championship game.
On Thursday night at Resler Gymnasium, Lafayette Jeff was on the wrong end of a 75-51 score thanks to big nights from the trio of Robert Phinisee, Haden Deaton and Gavin Dunbar and a stellar zone defense.
For what's happened the last six games, you can place blame on Logansport.
McCutcheon had the Berries down at the half, but came out lethargic as Logansport rallied to defeat the Mavericks at home.
In the six games since — all victories — McCutcheon has allowed an average of 48.7 points and won by an average margin of 27.2 points.
Not against weak competition, either, defeating three teams in that stretch with double-digit wins already this season.
"I think we are playing well at the right time," McCutcheon coach Rick Peckinpaugh said. "Defensively, we are doing a really good job. ... We have done that two or three times now. At Anderson, we were up 41-16. Danville, we're up 34-14 and we came out in the third quarter and put the game out of reach. That is something these kids have matured and gotten better about understanding is if you are up at halftime, you better put them away."
McCutcheon (16-2) outscored Jeff 41-19 in the middle two quarters.
Lafayette Jeff is one of the few teams to solve McCutcheon over the past two seasons and looked to be en route again Thursday night, taking a 16-15 lead in the second quarter.
McCutcheon then finished the first half on an 18-4 run over the final 5:49.
"We can't have those runs and we can't have live ball turnovers and we had a lot of live ball turnovers," Lafayette Jeff coach Scott Radeker said.
Haden Deaton hit two 3s in the second quarter, scoring eight in the period and feasted under the basket in the third quarter to score 12 points. On a night where high-scoring guard Eddy Collins struggled to get going, Phinisee, Deaton and Dunbar combined for 61 points. Collins and Parker Bares each scored six and Isaac Angstadt added a bucket in the first quarter.
"It can be anybody's night," said Deaton, who scored a game-high 26. "Rob can go off, Eddy can go off. Gavin. Me. That's the kind of team we have. We're pretty deep. And when you have a team like that, and you have people who can score, we're hard to beat. And it's a lot of fun playing like that."
Jeff's scoring wasn't as potent.
David Hanyard was the catalyst to the Bronchos' early lead and finished with 21 points. James Burns was the second-leading scorer for the Bronchos (8-9) and scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter.
"I was disappointed in our transition defense in the second half and then we stopped moving the basketball, too," Radeker said. "There's a lot to be learned. There's a lot of things from that game that we can show them on tape."
McCutcheon learned a lot from its last loss in Resler Gymnasium, too.
And it has showed during its string of blowouts since.
"We've been picking it up since the Logansport loss," Phinisee said.
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