Rudicel scores 14, leads streaking Comets past Culver
King scores 9, but Cavs fall in first game in 3 weeks
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
FULTON — Bryce Rudicel scored 14 points, and the Caston boys basketball team held visiting Culver to four field goals in the first three quarters in a 55-28 win Tuesday.
The 28 points allowed were a season-low for Caston, who improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Hoosier North.
Jalen King scored eight of his team-high nine points in the fourth quarter for Culver, who dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 3-7, 1-2. Auston Zehner added eight.
Caston is 1-4 when their opponents score 50 or more points and 5-0 when their opponents score fewer than 50.
The 28 points allowed were the fewest for a Caston opponent since West Central was held to 25 points on Jan. 18, 2020.
“I think we’ve made strides in that area, and I thought we did another good job tonight,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “Rotation-wise, I thought we did a really good job of rotating. I thought when they tried to get the ball in the post, I thought our back-side help was really good. Those are areas that we’ve needed to grow in and needed to get better at. I thought for the most part, we did a good job of stopping dribble penetration too.”
Caston has won three straight games, all by at least 20 points. This marks the first time Caston has done that since January 1994 when the Craig Teagle-coached Comets beat Argos, Triton and North Miami by 26, 29 and 23 points, respectively.
The current streak started with a 20-point win over North Miami in the Miami County Invitational consolation game on Dec. 29 and a 24-point win over Delphi on Saturday.
Caston jumped out to a 17-5 lead after one quarter as Joey Spin and Rudicel scored five points each.
Kade Zeider outscored the entire Culver team 5-4 in the second quarter as the lead reached 30-9 at halftime.
Rudicel scored three more buckets in the third quarter as the lead reached 43-12.
Ten different Caston players scored. Zeider finished with eight points, Spin had seven, and Jake Paschen and Cain Schanlaub had six each.
“He had 11 the other night against Delphi and 14 tonight,” Davis said of Rudicel. “When he gets going and when teams key on some of the other guys, that makes us really difficult to guard. They came out and face-guarded Kade and made it really tough for him to get looks, and our guys did a really good job of being unselfish and finding the open man.”
Culver was playing for the first time since a 53-40 home loss to Tippecanoe Valley on Jan. 11. COVID-related quarantines have kept Culver off the court. Coach Kyle Evans said Culver has had five JV practices in the last month, and the varsity has had only four practices in the last two-and-a-half weeks.
Evans said Culver “begged” to reschedule the game.
“I think the biggest key is we’ve been out with COVID for two, three weeks, and we tried to reschedule the game, and we just haven’t had time to work on things,” Evans said. “They refused to do it, and I think that was the biggest key to the game.”
Caston 55, Culver 28
CULVER (28) (3-7, 1-2)
Oliver Morgan 0 0-0 0, Emiliano Ortiz 0 2-4 2, Mason Herbert 0 0-0 0, Marquez Anderson 0 0-0 0, Auston Zehner 3 1-2 8, Ethan Keller 0 0-0 0, Joey Pizur 1 1-2 3, Jalen King 4 1-4 9, Shane Shuman 3 0-3 6
TEAM: 11 5-15 28
CASTON (55) (6-4, 2-0)
Joey Spin 2 3-3 7, Kade Zeider 2 2-2 8, Bruce Rudicel 6 1-2 14, Jake Paschen 2 0-0 6, Sam Smith 1 3-5 5, Colby Pugh 0 1-2 1, Jackson Rentschler 0 1-2 1, Evan Howard 0 0-0 0, Cain Schanlaub 3 0-2 6, Talon Zeider 0 4-5 4, Caleb Stinson 1 0-0 3, Connor Sommers 0 0-0 0
TEAM: 17 15-24 55
Three-point field goals:
Culver 1 (Zehner),
Caston 6 (K. Zeider 2, Paschen 2, Rudicel, Stinson)
Total fouls: Culver 22, Caston 15
Score by quarters
Culver 5 4 3 16 – 28
Caston 17 13 13 12 – 55
JV: Caston 49, Culver 5
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