By Mike Battreall | For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — Anderson High School honored its three senior boys basketball players before Tuesday night’s contest with Fishers.
That was the highlight of the evening for the Indians and the large crowd that gathered at the Tipi.
Fishers jumped to a big early lead and withstood a mild Indian run, and the Tigers coasted 61-42 and handed the hosts their eighth straight defeat.
The Indians, whose point total was the smallest of the season, fell to 4-15 while Fishers moved to 8-10.
“We had too many wasted possessions,” Anderson coach Jeff Howard said. “I thought from early third (quarter) to about early fourth, I thought our defense was really, really good. But when we came on offense, we turned it right back over and we did that on at least three possessions in the fourth quarter.”
Anderson cut a 13-point deficit down to 45-38 with 2:45 to go in the third period but made just one field goal after that. The Indians were 1-for-14 in the final quarter, with eight of the shots from 3-point range.
The Indians ended 16-of-55 (29.1 percent) and made four of 21 3-point tries.
“That was lack of ball movement, and that’s what we talk about,” Howard said. “Sometimes the ball sticks, and that allows the defense to recover. And we didn’t hit some shots, too.”
Anderson fell behind 11-2 after two minutes (all five Fishers starters had scored), and the Tigers’ lead became 22-11 early in the second quarter.
The Indians closed it to 24-21 a couple of minutes later, and after reserve Gavin Vaughn hit his second trey to make it 30-26, Fishers ended the half with an 8-2 run.
The teams played the third quarter even, until Fishers’ 6-foot-8 Connor Washburn scored near the end of the period and upped the margin to 49-39. Washburn led all scorers with 15 points.
Armaan Franklin and Willie Jackson added 12 each for the Tigers, who host Pendleton Heights on Friday.
Zakarius Milhouse, one of the Indians’ seniors, also registered 12. Next was Vaughn with six.
Rebounds were 37-26 Fishers. Anderson turned it over 12 times and the Tigers 15.
“I was glad to see us compete,” Howard said. “I liked that, I liked the energy, I liked the effort and I liked the way we competed.”
Raphael Williams and Khalil Chamberlain were the other seniors honored before what originally was to be Anderson’s final home game. Both started.
The Indians travel to Class 4A No. 3 Logansport on Friday and are back home Saturday against Zionsville in a makeup of a December postponement. JV tip is at 3 p.m.