Bethel Pilots capture Crossroads League Tournament title

Bethel won the men’s basketball Crossroads League Tournament championship Tuesday with an 83-75 win over Indiana Wesleyan. Both teams receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championships in Point Lookout, Mo., beginning March 8.

Jordyn Coon led four players in double figures for Bethel, 28-4, with 18 points. He was followed by Caleb Oetjen and Paul Forman with 16 and Gage Ott with 12. Forman, a Churubusco graduate, led the Pilots with 13 rebounds. Trey’von Covington, a Snider graduate, scored six points for Bethel.

Indiana Wesleyan, 26-6, was led by Grant Evans with 18, followed by Lane Mahurin with 14 and Bob Peters with 12. Trevor Waite came off the bench for the Wildcats to score 11 points. <br>

<center> Brown named to Junior All-Stars </center><br>

DeKalb junior Leigha Brown was named an Indiana Junior All-Star for the northern half of the state on Tuesday. The junior team, selected by voting from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association will play the senior Indiana All-Stars in exhibition games at to be determined sites on June 6 and 8.

Eighteen junior all-stars from the state are selected: a core group of six that will play in both exhibitions and then a northern group of six and a southern group of six who will each play in one exhibition. Brown will represent the north.

Brown excelled this year for the Barons, averaging 22.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She was one of only three area players to average 20 or more points per game, joining Homestead’s Karissa McLaughlin and Canterbury’s Mason VanHouten, both potential senior all-stars. Brown’s 10.8 rebound per game mark was a new DeKalb school record and she is also the only girl to ever average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season in the program’s history. <br>

<center> Bogut will sign with the Cavaliers</center> <br>

Andrew Bogut has chosen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving LeBron James and the defending champions another accomplished veteran as they prepare to mount a run to their third straight NBA Finals.

Bogut’s agent, David Bauman of ISE, told The Associated Press that Bogut plans to sign with the Cavaliers as soon as he clears waivers. Bauman anticipates that Bogut will join the defending NBA champions by this weekend.

Bogut was traded at the deadline from Dallas to Philadelphia in a deal that brought Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks. He and the 76ers agreed to part ways so Bogut could join a contender, and he had several teams lining up to add the defensive-minded center.