ARCANUM — Mississinawa Valley went on a 16-0 run to start the second quarter Friday night, which proved to be too much for Arcanum to overcome in a Cross County Conference matchup.
The game started in Arcanum's favor with the Trojans never trailing in the opening quarter. But after Mississinawa Valley's strong start to the second quarter, the Blackhawks held the lead the rest of the game and stopped a fourth-quarter push from the Trojans to secure the 62-51 victory.
“We had a little break down here and there, but overall the guys played well,” Mississinawa Valley boys basketball coach Rodney Saintignon said. “We had some guys, some seniors on the floor, just stepped it up and did what we expect them to do. I've got to give Arcanum a lot of credit; they're a good basketball team, and we had to play well to beat them, and we did.”
Arcanum entered Friday night's game looking for redemption after losing 67-61 to Mississinawa Valley one week earlier in the Jet Tournament.
The Trojans got off to a fast start in Friday's contest with scoring from Collin Habel, Mason Garber, Brandon Fourman and Dalton Lindemuth building a 13-7 Trojan lead in the first quarter.
After starting slow, Mississinawa Valley began to catch fire in the second quarter, beginning with a pair of Jacob Breymier 3-pointers to tie the game at 13-13.
Following a Dane Blumenstock 3-pointer that gave the Blackhawks a 16-13 lead, Cayden Cox added a bucket to extend the lead to 18-13, prompting an Arcanum timeout.
In the first quarter Saintignon subbed out all five of his starters midway through the period. With that not working, he mixed things up in the second period and found a combination of players that worked well together.
“Once we got that and got the good rotation in and the rotation that we should have had in there, they stepped it up and started pushing the ball down the floor and making a lot of layups,” Saintignon said. “And we shot well outside, too, coming down the floor and hitting some key threes there.”
Coming out of the timeout, Tyler Connor and Carson Stump added points for Mississinawa Valley to extend its lead to 24-13. At that point the Blackhawks were on an 18-0 run and had scored the first 16 points of the second quarter.
“That second quarter, we didn't knock down any shots. We struggled shooting,” Arcanum boys basketball coach Brian Gunter said. “They got some transition looks. We just couldn't buy a basket.”
With 2:04 left in the second quarter, Arcanum finally broke its dry spell with a Garber basket, but the damage was done as Mississinawa Valley led 30-19 at halftime.
Arcanum slightly cut into Mississinawa Valley's lead in the third quarter as the Blackhawks led 44-35 with one period left to play.
Arcanum's Garber, who had scored the Trojans' final four points of the third quarter, scored eight of the first 10 points overall in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 46-43, which prompted a Mississinawa Valley timeout.
“We had trouble stopping Garber,” Saintignon said. “You know he's a great basketball player, driving into the hole, and he stepped it up in the second half.”
Conner Pohl and Kory Baker joined Garber in the fourth quarter scoring for Arcanum, but behind the scoring of Blumenstock, Dalton Rinderle and Cox, Mississinawa Valley held off the Trojans for a 62-51 victory.
“Our guys still fought hard,” Gunter said. “They came back. They worked extremely hard.”
Garber led Arcanum with a game-high 19 points on Friday. Also for the Trojans, Baker scored nine points, Pohl scored six, Habel scored five, Fourman scored four, Lindemuth scored four, Cole Burrell scored two, and Colton Troutwine scored two.
Blumenstock led Mississinawa Valley with 14 points in the winning effort. Also for the Blackhawks, Dalton Rinderle scored 13 points, Breymier scored nine, Stump scored nine, Cox scored eight, Connor scored seven, and Devan Rinderle scored two.
Mississinawa Valley improved to 4-5 with the win while Arcanum fell to 3-4 with the loss.