Thompson propels Zionsville to upset win over Carmel
TOM MOOR | SPECIAL FOR INDYSTAR The Zionsville Eagles knocked off the Carmel Greyhounds 68-62 on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2017
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For all the success the Zionsville boys basketball team has achieved in recent years under coach Shaun Busick, Carmel has always been a thorn in his team’s side. That changed on Tuesday night. Junior guard Isaiah Thompson scored a team-high 26 points – including an 18-of-19 effort from the free-throw line – to lead the Eagles to a 68-62 upset against Class 4A No. 4 Carmel in both teams’ season opener. Isaiah Thompson of Zionsville High School, puts up a shot on Luke Heady of Carmel High School, Carmel at Zionsville boys basketball, Zionsville, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Zionsville won 68-62. Isaiah Thompson of Zionsville High School, puts up a shot on Luke Heady of Carmel High School, Carmel at Zionsville boys basketball, Zionsville, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Zionsville won 68-62. ROBERT SCHEER/INDYSTAR Zionsville’s win ended a 10-game losing streak against the Greyhounds dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Eagles had lost 17 of 18 in the series entering the game. “It’s great to beat Carmel,” Busick said. “I have a lot of respect for them. Hats off to them. They were missing a couple of key players. But to get a win here is awesome. The turkey will definitely taste better this Thanksgiving.” Busick will have plenty of reasons to thank Thompson for that. Thompson missed his first three shots from the field – and finished with only four field goals – but he was nearly automatic from the charity stripe. He made his first 18 free throws before missing the final one. He scored 12 points in the final period to help the Eagles pull away. “I was able to get to the line and draw some fouls,” Thompson said. “Overall, that got me going a bit.” Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville High School, a member of the IndyStar High School boys Super Team. MATT KRYGER/INDYSTAR “Isaiah’s shooting was fantastic,” added Busick. It was close for much of the game, including a tie at halftime. But Zionsville led 49-45 entering the fourth quarter and pulled away late. The Eagles used a 9-2 run to take a 62-53 lead with 3:24 to play in the game. Carmel cut the lead to 67-62 with 22 seconds remaining but missed a few opportunities late, including a 3-pointer and the front end of a one-and-one. Carmel struggled from the field and finished just 5-of-22 from behind the arc. Only four players scored for the Greyhounds, led by junior John Michael Mulloy’s 27 points. Mulloy was a force down low but was relied on heavily offensively as the 3-pointers weren’t falling. “Zionsville is a heck of a team,” first-year Carmel coach Ryan Osborn said. “Thompson is a two-year starter, and he keeps getting better. We stressed how important it was to stop him.” “I didn’t think we defended like we could. And the shots weren’t falling. We missed shots tonight, but that’s not the only reason.” Busick credited his team’s defensive effort, but added there’s plenty to work on. “I think this will teach us a lot,” he said. “We can compete with anyone, and we know that. But anyone can compete with us.” Senior guard Riley Bertram added 17 points for the Eagles, while junior forward Nathan Childress chipped in with 10 points. Only four players scored for the Greyhounds. Junior guard Andrew Owens added 14 points. ZIONSVILLE 68, CARMEL 62 Carmel 13 16 16 17 — 62 Zionsville 11 18 20 19 — 68 Carmel — Jenkins 3 0-0 8, Heady 4 2-4 13, Owens 6 2-2 14, Mulloy 9 9-11 27. Totals 22 13-17 62. Zionsville — Bertram 6 2-5 17, Thompson 4 18-19 26, Childress 3 4-9 10, Alcock 3 0-0 6, Orbaugh 1 0-0 2, Stemme 2 2-3 7. Totals 19 26-36 68. 3-Point Goals – Carmel 5 (Heady 3, Jenkins 2). Zionsville 3 (Bertra 2, Stemme 1).