Special Olympics basketball teams compete in Hoosier Classic


BATESVILLE — Special Olympics Indiana Jackson County’s four basketball teams were in action Sunday at Batesville High School.

In the second Hoosier Classic Basketball Tournament, the men’s three-on-three Jackson County Cyclones finished 2-0 after defeating the Shelby County Angels 20-4 and the Shelby County Mets 20-8. They placed second in their division on a tiebreaker based on total points scored.

Dale Hickman and Billy Allman scored eight points apiece in the first game, and Elijah Noble scored four. In the second game, Allman and Noble led with eight apiece, and Hickman had four. Hickman was chosen for the Sportsmanship Award in both games and received two trophies, and the team received a second-place trophy. The Cyclones are now 6-0 on the season.

The women’s three-on-three Jackson County Wildcats only had two players available, so they played two-on-two against the ROD Lady Hot RODs and won 20-12 and later lost to the Decatur County Cheetahs 20-10. In the second game, Decatur County offered to have one of its players play for Jackson County to make it a three-on-three game.

Averie Brennan led the Wildcats in the first game with 18 points, and Alysha Sandlin had two. In the second game, Brennan scored four, and Sandlin had two. Sandlin won the Sportsmanship Award after the first game. The Wildcats are 2-3.

The men’s five-on-five Jackson County Tornadoes defeated the Franklin County Wildcats 38-16 and lost to the Monroe County Cutters 39-16.

In the first game, Josh Beals led the Tornadoes with 11 points, followed by Chaz Rothrock with 10, A.J. Engel with seven, Thomas Emly with six and Todd Smith and James Knight with two apiece. In the second game, Rothrock and Engel had four each, Smith and Emly had three each and Beals had two. The Tornadoes are now 4-2. Engel received the Sportsmanship Award for the first game.

The men’s three-on-three Jackson County Hurricanes lost to the Clark-Floyd Tigers 18-12 and the Clark-Floyd Wolverines 10-8. Donald Bennethum led the Hurricanes in the first game with six points, while Ethan Ellis had four, and Dylan Bridges had two. In the second game, Ellis had six, and Bridges had two. The Hurricanes are 2-4 on the season.

The Jackson County teams will be back in action Sunday in Bedford. Once the schedule is announced, it will be shared online at facebook.com/jacksoncountyspecialolympics.

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