The 2020-21 season started on a solid note as I went 10-1 (91 percent) last week. Here are my thoughts for this week’s contests. Records are from last year unless indicated.
Bowman Academy (1-1) at Adams (22-4): The Eagles flew past Bowman Academy, 81-74, during the 2008-09 season. Koron Davis came up with 19 points in the Eagles’ 67-63 win over Calumet. Quentez Columbus poured in 246 points a year ago for Adams. Matt’s pick: Adams 75, Bowman Academy 60.
Elkhart (0-0) at Washington (0-1): The Panthers suffered an 80-66 loss to Elkhart during the 1971-72 campaign. Titus Rodgers averaged 12.3 points per game last year for the Lions. Marcus Northern netted 16 points in Washington’s 55-47 loss to Lake Central. Former Elkhart Memorial boss Kyle Sears is the first leader for the newly formed Elkhart club. Matt’s pick: Elkhart 66, Washington 58.
Jimtown (17-8) at Riley (1-0): The Wildcats clipped Jimtown, 58-50, a year ago. Hunter Konrath finished with 38 points for the Jimmies. Jackson Copley tallied 13 points in Riley’s 69-48 win over LaPorte. Matt Stoll takes over for Matt Schauss at Jimtown. Matt’s pick: Riley 71, Jimtown 54.
Marian (21-4) at Goshen (11-12): The No. 4 (Class 3A) Knights edged Goshen, 33-30, last season. Deaglan Sullivan contributed 14.3 points a game for Class 3A sectional champion Marian. Drew Hogan chipped in 16.5 points per contest for the RedHawks. Matt’s pick: Marian 65, Goshen 46.
Plymouth (0-2) at Argos (1-1): The Pilgrims cruised to a 68-42 win over Argos during the 1999-2000 season. Easton Strain tallied 17 points in Plymouth’s 60-48 overtime loss at New Prairie. Dylan Kindig came up with 12 points in the Dragons’ 54-48 win over Tippecanoe Valley. Matt’s pick: Argos 43, Plymouth 41.
Riley (2-0, 1-0 NIC) at Marian (1-0): The Knights downed Riley, 58-41, a year ago. Isaiah Robinson poured in 14 points in the Wildcats’ 83-38 win over Jimtown. Ky’Rell Franklin chipped in 11 points in Marian’s 63-32 win over Goshen. Matt’s pick: Riley 72, Marian 69.
Saint Joseph (17-6) at Adams (1-0): The Eagles slipped by No. 3 (Class 3A) Saint Joseph, 65-64, last season. Notre Dame signee J.R. Konieczny accounted for 520 points a year ago for Saint Joseph. Lynn King netted nine points for Adams in a 69-54 win over Bowman Academy. Matt’s pick: Adams 76, Saint Joseph 73.
Triton (14-11) at NorthWood (1-0): The Trojans suffered a 65-47 setback to NorthWood in their last meeting. Tyson Yates recorded 251 points for Triton during the 2019-20 campaign. Ian Raasch ended with 16 points in NorthWood’s 53-50 win over Fort Wayne Concordia. Matt’s pick: NorthWood 57, Triton 49.
Washington (0-2, 0-1 NIC) at New Prairie (1-0): The Panthers clawed past New Prairie, 50-34, last year. Tyler Davis finished with 11 points in Washington’s 76-60 loss to Elkhart. Rylan McBride came up with 21 points for the Cougars against Plymouth. Matt’s pick: Washington 62, New Prairie 59.
Warsaw (2-0) at Homestead (1-0): The Spartans posted a 70-51 win against Warsaw a season ago. Ben Bergen registered 12 points in the Tigers’ 50-45 win over Columbia City. Luke Goode racked up 17 points in Homestead’s 64-50 win over Huntington North. Matt’s pick: Homestead 54, Warsaw 47.
Angola (0-2) at Concord (1-20): This marks the first meeting on the hardwood between the Hornets and Concord. Joel Knox had 17 points in Angola’s 65-52 loss to Central Noble. Zaven Koltookian netted 211 points last season for the Minutemen. Matt’s pick: Concord 41, Angola 39.
Elkhart (1-0) at Northridge (1-0): The Raiders dropped a 75-64 decision to Elkhart in the 1972 Elkhart sectional semifinals. Donovan Johnson chipped in 18 points in the Lions’ 76-60 win over Washington. Clayton Stoltzfus added 11 points in Northridge’s 66-59 win over No. 8 (Class 2A) Westview. Matt’s pick: Northridge 69, Elkhart 64.
LaPorte (0-1) at New Prairie (2-0): The Slicers registered a 58-42 win over New Prairie a season ago. Kyle Kirkham came up with nine points for LaPorte against Riley. Grady Lapczynski tallied 17 points in the Cougars’ 44-41 win over Washington. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 55, LaPorte 50.
Saint Joseph (0-1) at Marquette Catholic (1-2): The Indians cruised to a 102-52 win over Marquette Catholic last season. Adam O’Dell managed just two points in Saint Joseph’s 65-54 loss to Adams. Kaden Manna racked up a career-high 32 points in the Blazers’ 91-41 win over Portage Christian. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 73, Marquette Catholic 57.
South Central (0-1) at Bremen (1-0): The Lions roared to a 65-57 win over South Central during the 2019-20 campaign. Brendan Carr poured in 21 points in the Satellites’ 58-53 loss to Oregon-Davis. Carson Miller contributed 19 points in Bremen’s 53-45 overtime triumph over Argos. Matt’s pick: Bremen 46, South Central 43.
Warsaw (2-1) at Huntington North (0-1): The Tigers clawed past Huntington North, 57-52, last year. Ben Bergen managed just two points in Warsaw’s 54-31 loss at Homestead. Zach Hubaritt accounted for 15 points for the Vikings against Homestead. Matt’s pick: Warsaw 51, Huntington North 45.
West Noble (0-1) at Goshen (0-1): The Chargers edged Goshen, 55-54, in their last meeting. Brockton Miller paced West Noble with 10 points in a 40-30 loss at East Noble. Deecon Hall contributed 15 points for the RedHawks against Marian. Matt’s pick: Goshen 40, West Noble 33.