The Pennant

Boys Basketball: Late run helps Penn down Merrillville

Penn High’s Kingsmen used a 14-2 run to close out the game and sink the Merrillville Pirates, 78-65, in high school basketball on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

The Kingsmen close out the regular season with a 19-3 record.

Next up for the Kingsmen is a Sectional showdown against South Bend Riley (18-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at Penn.

Noah Applegate paced Penn’s effort against Merrillville with 25 points.

Beau Ludwick lit up the scoreboard for 21 points.

Drew Lutz scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists.

Kegan Hoskins worked for seven points and nine rebounds.

PENN 78: Carter Hickey 2, Drew Lutz 19, Beau Ludwick 21, Derek Derda 4, Noah Applegate 25, Kegan Hoskins 7. TOTALS 30 15-17 78.

Merrillville 65: Kolby Ford 0, Dorian Harris 0, Keon Thompson 24, Will Fulton 12, Lavari Ruffin 2, Rischard Balkcom 14, Jeremiah Howard 0, Xavier Alston 2, Juwan Bandy 11. TOTALS 26 3-7 65.

PENN 19 23 16 20 — 78

Merrillville 16 22 18 9 — 65

Three-pointers: PENN 3 (Beau Ludwick 2, Drew Lutz 1); Merrillville 10 (Fulton 4, Bandy 3, Thompson 2, Balkcom 1).