Kats Look to Bounce Back

Kokomo’s boys basketball team was defeated for the second straight time after a tough 54-53 overtime loss to Muncie Central last night at the historic Muncie Fieldhouse.  The game was decided by a putback from Muncie Central’s Tyler Arens as time expired.  Controversy surrounding the referee’s decision to count the basket looms large, as some believe the shot was not off before the clock hit zeros.  Whether you believe in home cookin’ or not, the Wildkats begin their NCC campaign with a loss.   Last night’s loss follows a four-point loss to Fishers last weekend.  Losing to a pair of very talented teams, by only a handful of points, is not that bad when you consider the Wildkats’ situation.  They are still dealing with the absence of senior guard, Tayler Persons.  I think it is a safe bet to say that Persons could easily be the difference maker in these close games, but what we should all be impressed with is how the Wildkats have proven that they can still compete at the highest of levels without him.   The Kats will look to rebound from back-to-back losses tonight as they host the Westfield Shamrocks.  Westfield is coming off their.......

It is no secret that the state of Indiana favors the sport of basketball.  Some of the NBA’s and NCAA’s greatest athletes, such as Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Shawn Kemp, just to name a few, hail from our great state.  In fact, Indiana produces more professional basketball players, per capita, than any other state. Kokomo fans, in particular, are no strangers to witnessing some of the great talents that Indiana produces.  In the past 20 years, Kats’ supporters have had the opportunity to witness first hand the talents of players such as Bonzi Wells, Zach Randolph, Tom Coverdale, AJ Ratliff, Mike Conley, and Greg Oden. This Friday night, Wildkat fans will once again have the chance to witness something great as the class 4A 11th ranked Marion Giants visit Memorial Gymnasium.  Senior James Blackmon Jr. will lead the Giants’ attempt to hand Kokomo their third straight loss.  Blackmon Jr. is one of the most talented players in the state.  He is a candidate for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and signed to play his college career at Indiana University.  Currently ranked 19th in ESPN’s top 100 for the class of 2014, Blackmon will surely make Friday night’s game worth every bit.......

Boredom should be the last thing on the mind of any Wildkat fan this weekend.  Memorial Gymnasium will be the site of three varsity games. The action starts this Friday as the Lady Kats take on the New Castle Trojans.  The boys varsity teams will play following the girls. Both matchups will mark the first time that Kokomo and New Castle face off in a non-conference game since both teams joined the NCC in 1926.  New Castle left the NCC before this school year began.  The Trojans are currently recognized as an independent team and will join the Hoosier Heritage Conference in the 2014-15 school year. The Lady Kats are hotter than ever.  They have won their last four games after dropping three in a row earlier this season. The Lady Kats are getting better at closing games and putting four quarters of good basketball together.  They play a very good New Castle team that comes into tomorrow’s game with an 11-2 overall record.  The game will be a great measuring stick for the Lady Kats to see where they stand heading into the last third of the season. This weekend will be very important for the Kokomo boys team. .......

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By Allan James (Fast play Sports) You can’t ignore a pure fact, that in game one of the Kokomo Sectional (Tuesday Night, March 4th), both Marion Coach James Blackmon Sr. and Logansport Coach Pat Skaggs, are relying on their own children to lead their teams to victory. In turn, these children won’t be able to escape from their Coach as they balance their teen-age lives in preparation for IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament. For Blackmon, a 1983 graduate from Marion, his son, James Blackmon Jr. leads the Giants in scoring with an average of 34 points per game. “Junior” is savoring a regular season team scoring record of 1685 points. The total eclipses the previous record of 1578 held by the 1987 Giants team. Plus, Blackmon is a candidate for the McDonald’s All-American Team and perhaps an Indiana Mr. Basketball and has signed with the Indiana Hoosiers. The move from Fort Wayne has turned out pretty good as the Blackmon family comes home to where “Senior” scored 1897 career points as a Marion Giant, I should point out that Junior has eclipsed that career total as well, however, not all with the Giants. In articles written about this family, it’s clear.......