North Putnam captures Putnam County title

For the North Putnam boy's basketball team, some things never get old. 


Things like winning the county tournament, as the Cougars won the Putnam County Boy's Basketball Tournament, knocking off both Cloverdale and Greencastle to cut down the nets. 


"I couldn't be happier for our seniors, completing North Putnam's four peat county championship. And even more impressive, this senior class completed a six year perfect run in county tournament play as they also won county as seventh and eighth graders," North Putnam coach Vincent Brooks told The Putnam County Post. 


North Putnam opened the tournament with a 63-27 win over Cloverdale and followed that with a 61-37 win over Greencastle in the final. According to Brooks, every North Putnam player played their role "exceptionally."


"Every one of our guys played their role exceptionally this weekend, demonstrated in the fact that we had five guys shoot above 50 percent effective field goal percentage. Nolan Hackelman led our team in scoring with 38 points on the weekend, followed by Isaac Pickel with 20 points, Kaden Helderman with 18 points, and Jaylen Windmiller with 15 points. Brady Barber scored a very efficient 13 points while leading our team with 19 rebounds," Brooks said. 


North Putnam currently sits at 13-8 after opening the season 2-5 and find themselves in the midst of an eight game win streak heading into the last two games of the regular season. On Feb. 17, North Putnam travels to Riverton Parke and will host North Montgomery on Feb. 20 in the regular season finale. 


"I am very proud of how our team has evolved and grown through stretches of adversity earlier this year. I think we are playing our best basketball of the year and are excited to see us compete in sectional play soon," Brooks said. 





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