For the fourth time in five years, the North Central Panthers (12-4) are the kings of the Marion County basketball scene. But even though he led the way with 27 points, Panthers Senior Ronnie Johnson needed a little help from his teammates.
"That was big man, Jeff (Harris) came to play," said Johnson with a smile on his face. "He is only a sophomore, him and Perry, and they both came to play."
Ben Davis Giants (9-4), Panthers Sophomore Jeff Harris launched a thirty-foot plus three-pointer with 28 seconds left on the clock, which ultimately sank in and put the Panthers up for good on their way to a 65-61 victory.
Harris finished with eight points on the night, while Patrick Ingram chipped in 14 points for North Central, in a game that could have seemingly gone any way until the final buzzer. To North Central Head Coach Doug Mitchell, the competitive outcome came to no surprise.
"When I came to Butler as a player in 1975 I was always so impressed by how guys in the city and county play," said Mitchell. "And what type of pride they have in their games. The toughness, the competitive nature, it is still here in 2012, it's a beautiful thing."