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Fourth-quarter rally lifts Royals past Edinburgh


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In a game that featured several momentum shifts, Eastern Hancock caught the last wave and eked out a 55-51 Mid-Hoosier Conference win against Edinburgh in boys basketball Tuesday night.

Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer saw his team mount a third-quarter comeback to take the lead, but then fall victim to an 11-0 start to the fourth quarter by the Royals before falling short in a last-ditch attempt at another comeback.

Trailing 29-26, the Lancers (9-7, 3-4) took command of the game in the third quarter with Bobby Simpson and Collin Hoskins getting penetration off the dribble and hitting layups and short jumpers to spark a 14-5 advantage for the eight minutes, giving Edinburgh a 40-34 lead going into the final quarter.

Eastern Hancock (12-4, 5-2) charged back with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter. After Matt Heagy left with his fourth foul, Isaiah McCormick hit a pair of 3-pointers and the Royals charged back to retake the lead.

The teams traded baskets down the stretch, but some turnovers by the Royals allowed the Lancers to get within one point after Heagy hit a pair of free throws with 21 seconds remaining.

Twice Eastern Hancock missed foul shots only to grab the offensive rebound and keep possession. Cole Fout hit a pair of foul shots with 17 seconds left to put the game away.

Hoskins led Edinburgh with 16 points, while Simpson added 13 and Heagy scored 12. Dakota Sneed led the team in rebounding with nine.

Trinity topples Southwestern

SEYMOUR — Coach Aaron Rudzinski’s game plan for his Trinity Lutheran team was to take control from the opening tip.

The Cougars broke a 4-4 tie with a 7-0 run and led the rest of the way for an 88-36 victory against Southwestern

(Hanover).

Trinity (11-6) got the ball to Toby VanLiew in the post from the start, and the 6-foot-6 junior responded with four baskets and two free throws for 10 points in the first quarter.

When the Cougars weren’t feeding VanLiew, they were putting the ball up from the perimeter. Luke Stuckwisch and Jacob Christopher made 2- and 3-point baskets, and Craig Stuckwisch added two 2s as the Cougars built a 21-9 lead by the end of the quarter.

Daniel Horton had the hot hand in the second quarter for Trinity with three baskets and two free throws, while Craig Stuckwisch added six points, and Christopher added another 3. The Cougars led 41-15 at the half on 16-of-32 shooting.

VanLiew made four baskets, and Craig Stuckwisch added six more points to help Trinity take a 59-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

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