Boys basketball: Greensburg at Rushville, 6 p.m. (JV)
Lion frosh basketball
The Lion freshman basketball team defeated Union County 33-21. The Lions led 15-6 at the half and pulled away in the second half for the victory. The Lions turned up the defensive pressure, forcing 13 second half turnovers by Union County. Coach Shideler said it was a total team effort as foul trouble early to four of the five starters had Ryan Norvell, Luke Schombert, Ethan Duncan and Isiah Burnett logging valuable minutes off the bench. Elijah Miller led the Lions with 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. JC Newhouse had eight points. Nick Sprinkle and Ike Sheehan both scored four points. Norvell had three followed by Duncan two and Schombert one.
BRMS boys basketball
The BRMS seventh-grade boys Black fell to Shelbyville 38-21 in the championship of the Greenfield tourney. Duncan Draper led the Cubs with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Mason Springman added six rebounds. Tyler Wilson scored five points. Cameron Craig had six rebounds. The Cubs are 13-4.
Buffalo blows past Ball State 69-48
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Javon McCrea scored 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead Buffalo to a 69-48 blowout over Ball State on Wednesday night.
Buffalo (12-7, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) led most of the game but took control midway through the second half with a 12-2 run fueled by 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line to make it 60-41 with 5:34 to go. The Bulls then continued to pull away down the stretch.
Jarod Oldham contributed 17 points and Will Regan added 13 for the Bulls, who got 26 points on 35 attempts from the free-throw line compared to Ball State’s 6 of 12. McCrea reached 1,800 career points in the win.
Ball State (4-16, 1-8) pulled to within two on a 3-pointer by Chris Bond that made it 31-29 early in the second half but couldn’t keep up.
Bond led the Cardinals with 15 points.
IndyCar’s Rahal gets National Guard as sponsor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The long battle between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Panther Racing for Army National Guard sponsorship ended Thursday, with the coveted funding moving to Graham Rahal’s car for the upcoming IndyCar season.
The Rahal organization sought the sponsorship last fall, but Panther Racing appealed to keep the contract it has held since 2008. All military sponsorships are reviewed annually.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied Panther’s appeal last month, and RLL said the guard will be the primary sponsor for Rahal’s No. 15 Honda.
“I think everybody that knows me knows I’ve always been extremely patriotic person: I’m proud to be an American and I’ve always displayed it on my helmet and on my race shoes,” Rahal told The Associated Press. “So for me, there is more pride to be involved in this than anyone can know. I’ve always felt strongly that the guard should have an American driver and there’s a lot of pride in having that seat.”
Panther Racing signed American driver J.R. Hildebrand starting with the 2011 season, the year he crashed on the final lap while leading the Indianapolis 500. The team let Hildebrand go following the 500 last season, and used a variety of drivers — none of them American — to fill the seat.
In NASCAR, the National Guard sponsors Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 11-time most popular driver.
RLL team co-owner Bobby Rahal doesn’t believe driver nationality is the most important part of the organization’s winning bid.
“Graham, being an American and he’s always felt very patriotic to his country, will be a great spokesman and I think that was an important element,” Bobby Rahal told AP. “But you also want to make sure the driver is competitive. Nationality is important, but you’ve got to deliver the goods.
“Beyond that, we thought our proposal to the guard was very compelling. It went way beyond a race car, it had a lot of merit.”