Brazil Times Bracket Challenge
With everyone cooped up inside due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and unable to tune into the NCAA Tournament, which was scheduled to get underway Thursday, but has been canceled, The Brazil Times has an idea to fill your bracket needs.
Over the last few days, Sports Editor Adler Ingalsbe went through the boys high school basketball season statistics and found 10 individual performances from Northview and Clay City student-athletes and placed them onto a bracket.
Starting on Thursday, you will be able to vote on which performance deserves to move on in the Brazil Time Bracket Challenge via the Times Facebook page (facebook.com/brazil.times) as well as Ingalsbes Twitter page (twitter.com/ADeez03).
The voting will begin at noon and close after 24 hours with the winner advancing onto the next round once the votes will be added up.
Listed below are the matchups with some background on each performance:
Ethan DeHart (December 20 against North Putnam) vs. Hunter Adams (December 21 against South Vermillion) Thursday at Noon
Northview sophomore guard Ethan DeHart scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-10 shooting from 3-point range. Coming off the bench, the left-handed sharp-shooter drilled three 3-pointers on back-to-back-to-back possessions for the Knights to help stretch their lead to 18. DeHart added his fourth 3-pointer of the second quarter just before halftime.
Clay City senior guard Hunter Adams scored 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, 3-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and 4-of-8 shooting from the free throw line while grabbing five rebounds. Adams came up big down the stretch for the Eels, putting in a pair of 3-pointers late in regulation that helped get the game into overtime. He then sunk his third 3 in the extra time that brought Clay Citys deficit to two before knocking down a pair of free throws in double overtime to draw his team within one.
Note: Winner moves on to face Caleb Swearingen in the second round.
Carson Gettle (February 15 against Martinsville) vs. Nate Owens (February 14 against North Central) Friday at Noon
Northview senior guard Carson Gettle scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and 1-of-3 shooting from the free throw line. Gettle helped the Knights overcome a slow offensive start in the first half with his shooting touch, while also contributing in other ways. He finished the night with three rebounds, three steals and two assists to earn a +/- game score of +13.
Clay City senior guard/forward Nate Owens scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, 0-of-1 shooting from 3-point range and 5-of-5 shooting from the free throw line while grabbing seven rebounds. Owens overcame early foul trouble by putting in nine points in the third quarter before adding eight more points in the fourth, which included the Eels final four points that drew them within one with 5.4 seconds left.
Note: Winner moves on to face Caden Cannon in the second round.
Caleb Swearingen (March 4 against Owen Valley sectional opener) First Round Bye
Northview junior guard Caleb Swearingen scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field, 1-of-3 from 3-point range and 9-of-13 from the free throw line while grabbing six rebounds. He scored the final 10 points of regulation for the Knights, including the game-tying floater with nine seconds to send the game into overtime. Note: Swearingen will be matched up against the winner of Ethan DeHart-Hunter Adams.
Caden Cannon (February 21 against Northview) First Round Bye
Clay City senior guard Caden Cannon scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 1-of-1 from the free throw line while grabbing five rebounds. Cannon ignited a late rally for the Eels, which included a 3-pointer that cut the Clay City deficit to one with just over two minutes remaining. Cannon also put in the game-winning alley-oop with three seconds. Note: Cannon will be matched up against the winner of Carson Gettle-Nate Owens.
Brevin Cooper (December 30 against Casey-Westfield Wabash Valley Classic) First Round Bye
Northview junior guard Brevin Cooper scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, 3-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and 2-of-2 at the free throw line while grabbing nine rebounds. Cooper sparked the Knights with 11 of his points coming in the second quarter, including three 3s, which helped push the lead over the 20-point mark. He became a facilitator in the second half and helped Northview capture fifth place at the Classic. Note: Cooper will be matched up against Ethan Rogers in the second round.
Ethan Rogers (February 27 against Riverton Parke) First Round Bye
Clay City senior guard Ethan Rogers scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line and 4-fo-4 from the free throw line while grabbing a pair of rebounds and dishing out one assist. Rogers drained a game-tying 3-pointer with 1:01 left in regulation before calmly stepping up to the free throw and drained both shots with 24.7 seconds left to lift the Eels past the Panthers. Note: Rogers will be matched up against Brevin Cooper in the second round.
Cade Bryan (December 20 against North Putnam) First Round Bye
Northview senior forward Cade Bryan scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range while grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds, giving him what was his fourth consecutive double-double to open the season. Bryan got his night started by scoring eight points in the first quarter before taking over in the third with 10 more to put the game out of reach. Note: Bryan will be matched up against Jacob LaFary in the second round.
Jacob LaFary (December 21 against South Vermillion) First Round Bye
Clay City senior forward Jacob LaFary scored a team-high 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, 1-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and 1-of-5 shooting from the free throw line while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. With teammates fouling out left and right, LaFary willed the Eels into overtime by scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting in the final five minutes of regulation. He then added six more points in the extra period to push the game into double overtime. Note: LaFary will be matched up against Cade Bryan in the second round.