Jersey City- With the season winding down, Indy Wolverines were all but eliminated from the playoffs, but that didn't temper their determination early on against JC Tropics. Indy Wolverines started the game on a 7-0 run in the first minute, going 3 of 3 from the field. JC Tropics responded with an 8-0 run of their own to take the lead. It was competitive for a while, with both teams trading baskets, good ball movement, and multiple lead changes. The two teams also did a great job of taking care of the basketball, especially Indy Wolverines who has struggled with turnovers all season. JC Tropics out-rebounded their opponent, and that’s where they gained the advantaged. They had numerous second chance opportunities and converted them into a lead as big as 14 points. Indy Wolverine’s offense slowed down and they committed too many fouls on defense. At halftime, JC Tropics had all of the momentum with a 37-25 lead, headed by Zac Kozak’s 9 points. Wolverine’s JP Kernison led all players with 10
The second half was all JC Tropics as they rained all over Indy Wolverine’s last game of the season. Their offense remained hot and the lead stretched to 16. Indy Wolverine’s took some high percentage shots but could not convert them. Along with not getting many offensive rebounds like their opponent, the deficit continued to build to 26. Indy Wolverines only scored 4 points in the first 13 minutes out of the break and 10 points in the half. JC Tropics entire team contributed to this mercy blowout by a score of 59-35. JP Kernisan finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 assist with teammate Jon Merwine chipping in 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. JC Tropics Kirill Pischalnikov finished with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds, also tacking on 2 assists and 1 steal. Teammate Frank Fiore contributed 14 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 rebound.