The Columbus East boys basketball team started Wednesday with a 62-61 win against Perry Meridian before losing 63-60 to Brownsburg.

The Olympians opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take its first lead against Brownsurg after trailing 31-26 at halftime.

East outscored Brownsburg 17-12 heading into the final quarter to tie the game at 43.

The Olympians (4-3) stayed aggressive in the fourth quarter and were able to knock down 11 free throws in the final eight minutes and hit 21 of 22 for for the game.

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“We haven’t shot free throws very well to start the season,” varsity assistant Sean Miller who was filling in for a sick Brent Chitty on the day. “We shot free throws well all day. And to me that is the highlight. We shot 56 free throws on the day.”

Matthew Frost went a perfect 8 for 8 from the line, with four of them coming in the final quarter.

Hanging onto a 49-47 lead with just under four minutes to play, the Olympians committed back-to-back turnovers to allow the Bulldogs to take a commanding 51-49 lead. East was unable to contain Brownsburg guard Cameron Alford, who scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the final period.

Playing their second game on the day, Miller said he thought his team made strides on the day as their fight showed against Brownsburg.

“I think its some confidence. This is a new team and we are learning roles, the kids are learning spots and its kind of a process,” Miler said. “But tonight I think we took some really strong steps and for the kids to see what we need to do to be successful.”

Carson Whitehead had a strong game leading the Olympians with 12 points against Brownsburg, while Max Nolting and Matthew Frost each chipped in 10.

In their early afternoon game against Perry Meridian, the Olympians etched out a 62-61 win. Thomas Myers scored seven points in the first quarter to allow East to take a 21-14 lead. The Olympians clung to a 46-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter, sinking seven of their nine free throw attempts to close out the Falcons.

Matthew Frost led the Olympians with 16 points while Drew Johnson scored 15.