The Pennant

Boys Basketball: Penn claims share of NIC crown

Noah Applegate and Drew Lutz each racked up double-doubles to help Penn claim a share of the Northern Indiana Conference crown with a 83-46 victory against Jimtown in high school boys basketball action on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

Penn finishes NIC play with an 11-1 record. Marian and South Bend Riley each have a 10-1 record in league play and wrap up NIC action on Friday, Feb. 22.

Penn is 18-3 heading to Merrillville on Friday, Feb. 22, for the regular-season finale. Jimtown is 13-9 overall and 7-5 in the NIC.

Applegate, a 6-foot-6 Hillsdale commit, scored 22 points and fought for 15 rebounds.

Lutz, a 6-foot-1 Bethel recruit, scored 21 points and dished out 10 assists.

Derek Derda scored 10 points, and Carter Hickey and Richard Brooks scored nine points each.

PENN 83: Carter Hickey 9, Drew Lutz 21, Jahawn Horton 0, Beau Ludwick 1, Evan Groves 1, Richard Brooks 9, Derek Derda 10, Noah Applegate 22, Caleb Applegate 0, Kegan Hoskins 4, Gavin Ruth 0, Casey Shultz 6. TOTALS 30 14-18 83.

Jimtown 46: Nate Behrens 5, Bill Pawlak 0, Austin Pearison 12, Caaden Beck 2, Braedon Brubaker 0, Clay Campbell 5, Preston Phillips 7, Brayden Rice 13, Hunter Konrath 0.

PENN 13 24 22 24 — 83

Jimtown 12 13 6 15 — 46

Three-pointers: PENN 9 (Carter Hickey 3, Drew Lutz 3, Noah Applegate 2, Richard Brooks 1), Jimtown 3 (Behrens 1, Pearison 1, Rice 1).