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Todd Johnson a Memorial grad, a freshman at Northen Kentucky University. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Michael Kibiloski a Memorial grad, now a junior basketball player at IPFW in Fort Wayne. (Photo Supplied) (AP)

Karvel Anderson a Memorial grad, a junior playing basketball at Robert Morris University. (Photo Supplied) (AP)
Charger trio handling DI, as coach forecasted

Posted on Dec. 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Anthony Anderson

Twine Line

It wasn’t a memorable basketball weekend just for the current Memorial Crimson Chargers — who pulled off what was generally perceived as an upset by edging crosstown Central 49-47 in the annual Longfellow Trophy game Friday — but also a memorable one for three ex-Charger teammates each playing these days on the NCAA Division I level.

In fact, they’re the only active DI men’s players from Elkhart County at the moment.

But what a collective day they had Saturday, led by Robert Morris University junior guard Karvel Anderson and his assassin-esque numbers against previously 6-0 Ohio.

Anderson, a 2009 Memorial grad making his first career DI start, drilled 8 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 10 from the field overall as the host Colonials beat the Bobcats 84-76. He finished with 28 points.

The same day that was going on, Michael Kibiloski, a 2010 Memorial grad, was helping Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne with nine points in just 11 minutes off the bench as the Mastodons stormed back from a 14-point second-half deficit to knock off visiting Miami of Ohio 57-56.

Meanwhile, over in Columbus, Ohio, Todd Johnson, a 2012 Memorial grad, wasn’t having the victorious kind of outcome that his ex-mates were experiencing, but it was memorable nonetheless, as he and Northern Kentucky were taking on the No. 4-rated team in the country at Ohio State.

Though just a freshman, Johnson saw 22 minutes off the bench and finished with team-highs of four assists and two steals in the Norse’s 70-43 loss.

When the ex-Charger trio came up in conversation with Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer two weeks ago, he proved almost prophetic in the things he happened to mention.

“There will always be a place for a guy who can stick it in the hole,” Barnhizer said then of Anderson landing a DI gig after playing last season at Glen Oaks Community College, “and Karvel can flat stick it in the hole.”

True, you don’t stick it in the hole better than 10 for 10.

Overall, Anderson is averaging 12.0 points, second on the team, in 22.6 minutes per game for Robert Morris (4-4). He’s 18 of 45 on 3-pointers, 17 of 30 on 2-pointers and 8 of 11 at the line.

“He was going to be starting this year,” Barnhizer shared two weeks ago of Kibiloski, “but he’s been out a couple weeks with a bone bruise. If he can get back, and stop getting hurt, he can play and help them.”

Kibiloski has gotten back after missing the first six games. In the three contests since for IPFW (5-4), the 6-7 junior forward has averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19 minutes per outing. He’s 5 of 12 on 3-pointers.

“Todd’s going to find a way to get on the floor,” Barnhizer said two weeks ago of whether Johnson would be able to maintain playing time despite being a freshman. “You’d have to drive a stake through his heart to keep him from getting on the floor.”

Johnson’s floor time has amounted to 16.6 minutes per outing, not bad for a 5-9 freshman. He’s averaging 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals to show for it. He and NKU remain winless at 0-5 in their first season as a DI program, though that does include four-point losses to both San Diego and Siena.

Two of the three ex-Chargers are right back in action tonight, Dec. 4, with Johnson and the Norse traveling to Texas Tech, while Anderson and the Colonials play at Campbell.

Kibiloski’s got three straight road games coming up, beginning Wednesday at Valparaiso, continuing Dec. 8 at Drake, and capped with a visit virtually home on Dec. 17 when IPFW heads to No. 22 Notre Dame.

Anthony Anderson is The Elkhart Truth’s assistant sports editor. Contact him at aanderson@etruth.com.

Anthony’s Twine 12

Team W-L

1. SB Adams (4) 3-0

2. Concord (3) 1-0

3. Plymouth (6) 3-0

4. SB Washington (5) 2-0

5. Marian (2) 1-1

6. Goshen (—) 3-0

7. Penn (—) 1-0

8. NorthWood (11) 1-0

9. Westview (12) 3-0

10. LaVille (—) 2-0

11. Triton (10) 1-2

12. Memorial (1) 2-0

Last season’s final ranking in parentheses, if ranked. Teams chosen from among the 38 making up the NLC, NIC, NSC, NECC and independents Bethany and Elkhart Christian. Teams that have not played yet (Mishawaka, SB St. Joseph) automatically excluded. Other teams ranked at the end of last season: Mishawaka (7), SB Clay (8), Warsaw (9).

Boys basketball

IHSAA Area Records

School W-L Off. Def.

Goshen 3-0 68.0 47.3

Westview 3-0 80.3 46.7

Memorial 2-0 59.0 53.5

Concord 1-0 93.0 40.0

NorthWood 1-0 66.0 62.0

Penn 1-0 59.0 54.0

Central 2-2 53.3 52.8

Wawasee 2-2 60.8 56.0

Elkhart Christian 1-1 71.5 60.0

Fairfield 1-1 62.5 65.0

Jimtown 1-1 42.5 31.5

Marian 1-1 73.5 71.5

Northridge 1-2 63.7 68.0

Bethany Christian 0-3 41.0 67.7

Leading Scorers

Player, School G Pts Avg

Demetrius Jackson, Marian 2 70 35.0

Markese McGuire, Memorial 2 51 25.5

Jonathan Wilkinson, NorthWood 1 24 24.0

Filip Serwatka, Concord 1 21 21.0

Sam Stegelmann, Goshen 3 61 20.3

Kyle Miller, Westview 3 60 20.0

Nate Ritchie, Northridge 3 54 18.0

Devin Cannady, Marian 2 36 18.0

Zach Zurcher, NorthWood 1 18 18.0

Austin Torres, Penn 1 18 18.0

Cory Waycater, ECA 2 33 16.5

Ryndan Aaron, Wawasee 4 63 15.8

Sam Ahonen, Northridge 3 47 15.7

Brad Lantz, Fairfield 2 31 15.5

Chandler Aspy, Westview 3 43 14.0

Kenny Bearss, ECA 2 27 13.5

Marcus Rodes, Fairfield 2 25 12.5

Jordyn Bontrager, Westview 3 36 12.0

Mason Brown, Jimtown 2 24 12.0

Franko House, Concord 1 12 12.0

Billy Doslak, Penn 1 12 12.0

Jordan Geist, Penn 1 12 12.0

Terell Street, Central 3 35 11.7

Garrett Scott, Fairfield 2 23 11.5

Blake Brouwer, Central 4 45 11.3

Alex Clark, Wawasee 4 45 11.3

Jesse Good, Goshen 3 33 11.0

Joe Line, Fairfield 2 22 11.0

Michael Hobbs, Jimtown 2 22 11.0

James Hershberger, Memorial 2 22 11.0

Ryan Kupferschmid, ECA 2 21 10.5

Joey Ganyard, Northridge 3 31 10.3

Sol Brenneman, Bethany 3 30 10.0

DuWhan Alford, Concord 1 10 10.0

Cameron Maxwell, Memorial 2 20 10.0

Conner Sowders, Penn 1 10 10.0

Nic Raber, Westview 3 30 10.0

Caleb Morris, Bethany 3 29 9.7

Pete Smith, Northridge 3 29 9.7

Jake Thompson, Wawasee 2 19 9.5

This Week’s Games

Tonight

Ÿ Jimtown at Northridge

Ÿ Fairfield at Lakeland (0-2)

Ÿ Prairie Heights (2-1) at Elkhart Christian

Thursday

Ÿ Westview at NorthWood

Ÿ Howe (1-1 before Hamilton Tuesday) at Bethany Christian

Friday

Ÿ SB Riley (2-1 before Oregon-Davis Wednesday) vs. Central at North Side Gym (G/B doubleheader)

Ÿ Culver Academy (0-2) at Memorial (on campus)

Ÿ Penn at Concord

Ÿ Angola (2-0 before Woodlan Tuesday) at Northridge

Ÿ SB Clay (2-1) at Marian

Saturday

Ÿ Argos (1-2 before LaVille Tuesday) at Jimtown

Ÿ Goshen at DeKalb (1-2 before Leo Tuesday)

Ÿ NorthWood at Fairfield

Ÿ Bethany Christian at Lakeland

Ÿ Whitko (0-4 before Central Noble Tuesday) at Wawasee

Ÿ Triton (1-2) at Marian

Ÿ Penn at FW South (0-0 before Homestead Tuesday, FW Luers Friday)