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Valley boys basketball update: Akase scores 28 in win over SB Washington

BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC


Stephen Akase Ian Cooksey


Boys basketball

Tippecanoe Valley 54, South Bend Washington 48 (Friday): Stephen Akase scored a game-high 28 points, and Ian Cooksey hit four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 14 in the second half as the Valley boys basketball team beat visiting South Bend Washington at Rita Price Simpson Court Friday in their regular season finale.

Riley Shepherd made all six of his free throws and added nine.

Valley led 25-18 at halftime and extended the lead to 42-32 after three quarters.

Valley finished the regular season at 15-8. They will play Knox at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a Class 3A, Sectional 18 semifinal at Valley.

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (48) (10-12)

J. Johnson 7 0-0 15, Parker 3 6-10 12, D. Johnson 4 2-2 10, Reynolds 2 4-5 8, Smith 1 0-0 3, Stuckey 0 0-0 0, Lineberry 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Wells 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 17 12-17 48

VALLEY (54) (15-8)

Davis Cowan 0 0-0 0, Ian Cooksey 4 2-2 14, Riley Shepherd 1 6-6 9, Stephen Akase 8 12-15 28, Kyler Johnson 1 0-0 2, DeOndre Hamilton 0 1-2 1, Blain Sheetz 0 0-2 0, Aiden Shepherd 0 0-0 0, Hudson Shepherd 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 14 21-27 54

Three-point field goals:

South Bend Washington 2 (J. Johnson, Smith),

Valley 5 (Cooksey 4, R. Shepherd)

Total fouls: South Bend Washington 21, Valley 19

Score by quarters

SB Washington 9 9 14 16 48

Valley 10 15 17 12 54

Warsaw 62, Valley 50 (Feb. 20): Riley Shepherd hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Stephen Akase added 13, but the host Vikings lost to Warsaw at Rita Price Simpson Court on Feb. 20.

Ian Cooksey knocked down three 3-pointers and had nine.

Brandt Martin scored a game-high 22 points for Warsaw. Luke Yeager added 14.

The teams were a combined 16 for 16 from the foul line.

Valley led 15-14 after one quarter, but Warsaw came back to lead 39-27 at halftime.

WARSAW (62) (17-5)

Davis 4 0-0 8, Bricker 2 0-0 6, Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Finlinson 2 2-2 8, Burgher 0 0-0 0, Martin 7 6-6 22, Gould 1 0-0 2, Yeager 5 4-4 14, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Justice 0 0-0 0, Wright 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Bailey 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 22 12-12 62

VALLEY (50) (14-8)

Davis Cowan 2 0-0 6, Ian Cooksey 3 0-0 9, Riley Shepherd 6 3-3 20, Stephen Akase 6 1-1 13, Kyler Johnson 1 0-0 2, DeOndre Hamilton 0 0-0 0, Wes Parker 0 0-0 0, Blain Sheetz 0 0-0 0, Aiden Shepherd 0 0-0 0, William Mellott 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 18 4-4 50

Three-point field goals:

Warsaw 6 (Bricker 2, Finlinson 2, Martin 2),

Valley 10 (R. Shepherd 5, Cooksey 3, Cowan 2)

Total fouls: Warsaw 6, Valley 12

Score by quarters

Warsaw 14 25 12 11 62

Valley 15 12 14 9 50

Kokomo 59, Valley 37 (Feb. 17): Ian Cooksey hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Riley Shepherd hit three treys and added 11, but the visiting Vikings fell to defending Class 4A semistate champion Kokomo on Feb. 17.

Valley fell to 14-7.

Center Flory Bidunga, a University of Kansas recruit and an Indiana Junior All-Star last year, led the Wildkats with 26 points. Karson Rogers added 11.

Kokomo (21-3) made more free throws (seven) than Valley attempted (four).

Kokomo led 28-21 at halftime and extended the lead to 47-32 after three quarters.

VALLEY (37) (14-7)

Davis Cowan 0 1-2 1, Ian Cooksey 7 0-0 18, Riley Shepherd 4 0-0 11, Stephen Akase 0 1-2 1, Kyler Johnson 2 0-0 4, DeOndre Hamilton 1 0-0 2, Blain Sheetz 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 14 2-4 37

KOKOMO (59) (21-3)

Bellamy 2 0-0 4, Beard 1 0-0 2, Young 1 0-0 3, Hammel 2 3-5 7, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Barker 1 0-0 3, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Moore 1 0-0 3, Rogers 5 1-2 11, Feuerle 0 0-0 0, Bidunga 12 2-3 26

TEAM: 25 7-12 59

Three-point field goals:

Valley 7 (Cooksey 4, R. Shepherd 3),

Kokomo 2 (Young, Moore)

Total fouls: Valley 15, Kokomo 6

Score by quarters

Valley 14 7 11 5 37

Kokomo 13 15 19 12 59


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