Braves’ Lambring named county’s top player

Carson Lambring never misses an opportunity to sharpen his skills on the basketball court.

Following the team’s season-ending awards program, the Brownstown Central senior put shots up in the gymnasium with teammate Cody Waskom.

That’s the way it has always been for Lambring.

When he gets a chance to take to the hardwood or is challenged to a competition, he accepts.

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That hyper-intense drive molded Lambring into the player he is today.

“It didn’t matter what drill, what you did in practice, he was going as hard as he could at all times,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “He did not take possessions off. He was always a guy that you knew he was going to fight for every possession as hard as he could. That’s a really good attribute for a player to have.”

Lambring played a crucial role for the Braves in the 2016-17 season, helping them achieve a sectional championship, a regional berth and a 24-win campaign.

For all of his efforts this past winter, The Tribune has named Lambring the Jackson County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Lambring totaled 496 points for the Braves while leading the team in assists (127) and steals (64).

His offense proved consistent, shooting 48 percent from the field, including 35 percent on 3-pointers, and 80 percent at the free-throw stripe.

In 27 games, Lambring played 105 quarters for the Braves.

“I get (the competitiveness) from my dad and brother. They’re both competitive people,” Lambring said. “When I was little, they always had me competing in everything, from being at home in the living room or outside playing P-I-G. I try to win at everything I do.”

At the Graber Post Buildings Classic, where he was named to the all-tourney team, Lambring record a career-high 40 points against Evansville Reitz.

However, of all of the games, the sectional championship win against Salem will never be forgotten.

“The sectional championship game will stick out for all of us,” Lambring said. “How we handled ourselves and played in that game said a lot about our team.”

In recent weeks, Lambring has received multiple honors statewide.

He first took home the honor of Mid-Southern Conference Player of the Year.

Not long after, Lambring was named to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 seniors list and as a Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star.

Lambring said it means a lot to him to be recognized from other coaches, teams and organizations.

“It’s very special for me. I put a lot of hard work into basketball and into the gym,” Lambring said. “It feels good for that to pay off and other people to realize how much I put in. It’s unreal for me.”

Going into the season, the Braves had high expectations for Lambring and the returning seniors.

Benter said Lambring’s drive to win helped the team succeed.

As a team, the Braves averaged an outlandish 71 points per game. On average, Lambring accounted for 18 or more of those points.

“Carson has always been a competitive kid who hates to lose,” Benter said. “He’s going to fight every possession. We had good personnel to fit his game because there were guys who could win off the dribble and shoot.

“As a guard, he’s really hard to keep in front of you defensively. We kind of changed our offense to adapt to this team, and I thought it was pretty successful. Carson was a big reason for that.”

Benter also said Lambring provided the team with intangibles.

“I thought his leadership got better,” Benter said of Lambring’s senior season. “He would get frustrated with himself last year. I thought he was able to put mistakes behind him better this year. I thought his presence and understanding of the time and score in game situations got better. He really understood what plays to run at different points of the game and where the ball needed to go.”

While he hasn’t committed to a school yet, Lambring said he hopes to play at the collegiate level.

He said he hopes the Top 60 workout and HBCA All-Star game will help him gain exposure.

One of 10 seniors on the Brownstown roster, Lambring said he will never forget this year’s team and the fans.

“It was a really special group of guys,” he said. “I love them all like my brothers. It’s unbelievable what we accomplished on the court together. It’s really special for all of us, and I’m glad we had the success we did this season.

“I’m going to miss the support. We have unbelievable support from our fans and students. The coaching staff is great, and the environment is phenomenal here. I’m going to miss it a lot.”

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Joining Brownstown Central’s Carson Lambring on the 2016-17 All-County team:

Cody Waskom, Brownstown Central, senior

Points: 508 (18.8 PPG), 47 percent FG, 36 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 115 (4.3 RPG)

Assists: 70 (2.6 APG)

Steals: 53 (2.0 SPG)

Other: Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star, Graber Post Buildings Classic All-Tournament team, Graber Post Buildings Classic MVP, All-Mid-Southern Conference, sixth-most points scored in a season at BC (508)

Gavin Bane, Brownstown Central, senior

Points: 221 (8.2 PPG), 48 percent FG, 42 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 133 (4.9 RPG)

Assists: 78 (2.9 APG)

Steals: 53 (2.0 SPG)

Other: Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention

Derek Rieckers, Brownstown Central, senior

Points: 134 (5.4 PPG), 51 percent FG, 31 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 139 (5.6 RPG)

Assists: 42 (1.68 APG)

Steals: 36 (1.4 SPG)

Blocks 19 (1.3 BPG)

Alan Perry, Seymour, junior

Points: 288 (12.0 PPG), 52 percent FG, 31 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 101 (4.2 RPG)

Assists: 97 (4.0 APG)

Steals: 54 (2.5 SPG)

Other: Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention

Tyler Bloom, Seymour, senior

Points: 297 (12.4 PPG), 48 percent FG, 47 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 80 (3.3 RPG)

Assists: 43 (1.8 APG)

Steals: 31 (1.3 SPG)

Other: Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention

Seth Ragon, Seymour, senior 

(17 games played)

Points: 143 (8.4 PPG), 46 percent FG

Rebounds: 127 (7.5 RPG)

Steals: 2.5 SPG

Chad Stuckwisch, Trinity Lutheran, senior

Points: 241 (10.0 PPG), 35 percent FG, 36 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 77 (3.2 RPG)

Assists: 98 (4.1 APG)

Steals: 26 (1.1 SPG)

Other: South Central Indiana All-Area All-Star

Colton Wischmeier, Trinity Lutheran, senior

Points: 307 (12.8 PPG), 41 percent FG, 31 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 85 (3.5 RPG)

Assists: 22 (0.9 APG)

Steals: 35 (1.5 SPG)

Other: South Central Indiana All-Area All-Star

Brandon Moore, Medora, senior

Points: 378 (16.4 PPG), 45 percent FG, 34.5 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 91 (4.0 RPG)

Assists: 47 (2.0 APG)

Steals: 51 (2.2 SPG)

Josh Thomas, Crothersville, freshman

Points: 453 (18.9 PPG), 37 percent FG, 25 percent 3PT

Rebounds: 189 (2.2 RPG)

Assists: 52 (2.2 APG)

Steals: 58 (2.4 SPG)

Other: All-Southern Athletic Conference, most points scored in a season at Crothersville (453), most 3-pointers made in a season at Crothersville (52).

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2016-17 Jackson County Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Carson Lambring, Brownstown Central, senior

Points: 496 (18.4 PPG)

Shooting: 48 percent FG, 35 percent 3PT, 80 percent FT

Rebounds: 128 (4.7 RPG)

Assists: 127 (4.7 APG)

Steals: 64 (2.4 SPG)

Other: Mid-Southern Conference Player of the Year, Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior, Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star, Graber Post Buildings Classic All-Tournament Team

At Brownstown Central: tied for fourth-most points scored in a game (40 points vs. Evansville Reitz), seventh-most points scored in a season (496)

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Ty Maxie, Brownstown Central, senior

Jordan Miller, Seymour, senior

Conner O’Sullivan, Crothersville, senior