Brownstown one of four boys teams to play in Hall of Fame Classic


In the 2023-24 season, the Brownstown Central boys basketball team will be one of four teams in the state to compete in the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic.

The prestigious event, spotlighting the best in Indiana high school basketball, will be held for the 40th time for girls, and it will be the 47th edition for the boys.

The games will take place Dec. 29 and 30 at New Castle Fieldhouse.

The girls will play Dec. 29, featuring Columbia City against Indian Creek at 11 a.m. and Lake Central against Jennings County to follow.

The consolation game will be at 6 p.m. with the championship game to follow.

The boys will take to the court Dec. 30, starting with Kokomo against Crispus Attucks at 11 a.m., followed by Brownstown Central against Brownsburg.

The consolation game will be at 6 p.m. with the championship game to follow.

The Braves return all but three players from a successful 24-5 campaign that ended with a loss to 2A state finalist Linton-Stockton in the championship game of the semistate.

Leading the way for Brownstown Central is junior Jack Benter, a Purdue University commit who averaged roughly 30 points and seven rebounds per game. Sophomore Chace Coomer averaged 8.3 points, while sophomore Colby Hall averaged 7.8 points per game for the Braves.

Head coach Dave Benter is 449-162 in his 25th season at the helm of the Braves. In his tenure, the Braves have nine sectional titles and three regional crowns.

This year will be the Braves’ first appearance in the Hall of Fame Classic.

Their first opponent, Brownsburg, returns all but two players from a 22-5 squad that lost in the semistate championship to 2023 Class 4A state champion Ben Davis.

Leading the way are junior Kanon Catchings, a Purdue commit who averaged 17.5 points and five rebounds a game, along with junior Grant Porath, who averages 10.13 points and 2.6 assists per game.

This is the Bulldogs’ third appearance in the Hall of Fame Classic. The others were in 1991 and 2014.

Kokomo was state runner-up to Ben Davis and is led by Flory Bidunga, the No. 3 recruit in the country. This is Kokomo’s third appearance in the classic, and Attucks will be making its first appearance.

Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2023-24 school year.

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