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‘Kup’ runneth over to 3-point record

Eagle junior breaks Michael Moore's Elkhart County mark with 11 triples.
Posted on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — During pregame warm-ups, Ryan Kupferschmid “couldn’t even make a layup,” he claimed.

Yet, during the game, he almost couldn’t miss anything.

The Elkhart Christian junior set an Elkhart County single-game boys basketball record with 11 3-pointers Tuesday night and finished with 45 points as the Eagles whipped visiting Bremen 80-59.

Kupferschmid was 15 of 19 from the field, including 11 of 13 from a wide variety of spots outside the arc, and 4 of 4 at the line. He added four steals

“It’s one game. It’s great to do that,” a grinning but exhausted Kupferschmid said with a shrug of the record, “but I’m sure my dad’s a lot more excited about it than I am.”

“It was a brilliant performance,” ECA coach Ryan Culp said. “Honestly, it was almost jaw-dropping, He hit ’em wherever he was and no matter how he was being guarded. The thing that sticks out is how hard he had to work for all of ’em, and the neat thing is it couldn’t happen to a better kid. He’s worked hard at his game, he has drive in the classroom. He’s the full package.”

Kupferschmid broke the county mark of 10 treys, set by Concord’s Michael Moore during the 2004-05 season, when he hit from the left corner with 1:40 remaining.

As it so happens, Culp was also Moore’s coach, and Moore was an ECA assistant last season.

“So I knew about the record,” said Culp, who asked somebody nearby how many 3s Kupferschmid had after Kup hit his eighth just 3:20 into the third quarter.

“After he got his ninth,” Culp said of a triple that came with 3:15 left in the third period, “I told a couple of our guys individually about it during dead balls and timeouts, but we didn’t let Ryan know. I told the other guys he needs two for the record. I told them, ‘Just keep playing the same way, but when you do have opportunities to get him the ball, get him the ball.’”

Kupferschmid’s record-tying 10th trey came with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter, and the record-setter came after he adjusted on a pass that was deflected.

“I had no idea,” Kupferschmid said of the record, “but when I hit those three in the third quarter, I did think, ‘I gotta have like eight or something.’ It kind of surprised me the way I shot in warm-ups, but I was just feeling it tonight.”

The Eagles (9-4) beat the Lions (8-5) for the fourth straight year. Bremen, which is leading the Northern State Conference, went into the game having won seven of its last eight.

“I’m proud of our team,” Culp said. “I thought we executed pretty well at both ends.”

Kupferschmid shattered his previous career high of 34 points. Tyler VanArsdale had 11 rebounds for the winners, while Kenny Bearss netted seven points, dished seven assists and made four steals.

As a team, Elkhart Christian converted 16 of 20 3-pointers.

Elkhart Christian 80, Bremen 59

Bremen — Ethan Pike 8-22 6-6 23, Jacob Box 5-13 1-2 13, Kai Slough 4-10 1-2 12, Phoenix Ricketts 1-2 0-0 2, Don Browning 1-2 0-0 3, Dillon Mullen 1-2 0-0 2, Sam Lacher 2-3 0-0 4, Reid Zellmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-54 (.407) 8-10 (.800) 59.

ECA — Ryan Kupferschmid 15-19 4-4 45, Jack Walters 2-3 1-2 7, Tyler VanArsdale 1-3 2-4 5, Tanner Watson 3-5 0-0 8, Kenny Bearss 3-8 1-2 7, Michael Craft 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Stayton 2-3 2-4 6, Josh Kelly 0-0 2-2 2, Austin Buckles 0-0 0-0 0, Jude Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Steve Weaver 0-0 0-0 0, Jon Anderson 0-0 0-1 0. Totals: 26-41 (.634) 12-19 (.632) 80.

Scoring By Quarters

Bremen 10 17 15 17 — 59

ECA 17 29 19 15 — 80

3-point goals: Bremen (7-22) — Slough 3-7, Box 2-6, Browning 1-2, Pike 1-7; ECA (16-20) — Kupferschmid 11-13, Walters 2-2, Watson 2-2, VanArsdale 1-1.

Rebounds: Bremen (21) — Lacher 5, Slough 4, Browning 4; ECA (28) — VanArsdale 11, Kupferschmid 4, Watson 4.

Assists: Bremen (16) — Box 4, Slough 4, Lacher 4; ECA (17) — Bearss 7, Watson 5.

Steals: Bremen (12) — Box 3, Lacher 3; ECA (10) — Kupferschmid 4, Bearss 4.

Turnovers: Bremen 15, ECA 21.

Fouls: Bremen 16, ECA 11. Fouled out — none. Technical — Browning (flagrant foul, ejected).

Records: Bremen 8-5, ECA 9-4.

Next: Bremen at New Prairie Friday; Lakewood Park at ECA Saturday.

JV: ECA 50, Bremen 48. Top scorers: ECA — Drew Overmyer 24, Alec Dutkowski 9, Jude Allen 9; Bremen — Joey Atkins 20, Austin Adams 10. JV records: ECA 7-4, Bremen 9-4. Note: ECA won on Dutkowski’s steal and layup just before time expired.


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