Alex Hemenway has saved some of his best games in his lucrative career against out of state opponents.
It was in last season's Winter Classic where the Clemson commit broke the Castle scoring record in a single game with 53 points against Thurgood Marshall (OH). A little over a month later he would score 34 against Christian County (KY).
Hemenway's non-Indiana victim on January 15 was the Henderson County (KY) Colonials. On queue, he would torch Henderson County for 40 points and would hit seven of his 11 three point attempts and all eight of his two point attempts.
The Knights would win the game 84-56 to improve their overall record to 11-4.
The game was far from a blowout during the first half. Castle was never able to pull away and it's largest lead for the first 16 minutes was only 5. A final three by Holden Raley as the horn sounded would give the Colonials the 36-35 halftime lead.
"We knew they wanted to turn the game into a three point shooting contest," Knights Coach Brian Gibson said. "We were actually shooting 50% from three in the first half and losing by one. So we were like 'Guys, if we don't attack the rim we're in trouble' so we had some guys that did that."
The Knights would open the second half on a 10-2 run after a Bob Nunge three. The closest Henderson County would get for the remainder of the game would be seven as Castle would really start to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Surprisingly, the Knights were able to get some easy baskets off the passes from Brody Heaton. Heaton, the Knights bruising power forward, is a three sport athlete who has already committed to play baseball at Belmont, finished the game with almost a double double as he scored 10 points with a career high eight assists.
"I was able to get the ball in
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the middle and my teammates made good cuts. They were able to get into the open areas and they took good shots," Heaton said.
Heaton would get the ball in the middle of the zone where he found the open man for a shot or someone cutting to the basket.
"Heaton is a tremendous athlete," Gibson added. "We use Brody wherever we have to."
For the game, Castle shot an astounding 60 percent from the field and 26 of their 32 field goals made came off assists.
Panthers topple Knights in neck-in-neck battle
Castle took a tough loss against Bloomington South in a Friday-night battle on the road.
The Knights made the trip up to Bloomington to take on the Panthers after the strong win over Henderson County earlier in the week. TheKnights took an early lead, but Bloomington South wouldn't let go of the win.
Castle started off the game with a 14-8 lead in the first quarter only to face strong opposition and good scoring from Bloomington South in the second, ultimately coming out ahead over the Knights, 29-27, at halftime.
The Knights weren't ready to hand over the win either and outscored the Panthers by five in the third quarter to take back the lead at 50-47. It came down to the fourth quarter, but the Panthers held the Knights to only four points.
In the end, Bloomington South took nine points in the final quarter and defeated Castle, 56-54.
Now the Knights will gear up for a battle the road against Christian County in Kentucky tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. after battling Mater Dei at home on Tuesday after press time.
Hemenway named player of the week
Hemenway gave a good show in the matchups and came out with the title of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Subway Player of the Week for District 3.
Hemenway averaged 33.5 points in two games for the Castle boys (11-4). The Clemson recruit started his week by scoring 40 points with four rebounds and four assists in an 84-56 triumph over Henderson County. He followed with 27 points with two assists and three blocks as the Knights fell 56-54 to Bloomington South in the 800th career victory for Panthers coach J.R. Holmes. Hemenway was 22-of-26 from the field, 11-of-15 on 3-pointers and 12-of-13 from the line over both games.