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NASHVILLE — The Brown County Eagles boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Owen Valley 48-46 on a last-second shot.
While it came down to the final seconds, the Eagles let the game slip away in the third quarter after leading most of the first half.
Brown County opened the game with a 10-3 run, causing Owen Valley to call a timeout with 3:24 left in the first quarter. The Patriots settled down and outscored the Eagles 6-2 the rest of the quarter to close the lead to three points. A strong performance by senior guard Tony Gorel helped the Eagles to the 12-9 lead. Gorel scored six of his 12 points in the first period.
“Tony played a great game,” said Brown County coach Roger Fleetwood. “Without him we’re not in the position at the end for the win.”
Owen Valley opened the second quarter with two quick baskets to take the lead from Brown County. The Eagles responded by scoring six straight to take a 18-13 lead. Brown County extended its lead to 26-19 at halftime on the shoulders of senior Steve Norman, who scored eight of his 20 points in the second quarter to lead the Eagles.
Brown County came out flat in the third quarter and let its lead slip away. “We’re known for coming out slow in the second half,” Gorel said. “Coach pulled me aside and told me we can’t have that happen, but we broke down.”
Owen Valley freshman Cameron King scored 10 points in the quarter to help lead the Patriots to a 35-34 lead after the third quarter. “We never covered (King) in the third quarter,” Fleetwood said. “It got away from us because we didn’t find him and he hit some big shots.”
The game was back and forth during the final period. With 59.8 seconds left in the game, Gorel hit two free throws to tie the game for Brown County 46-all. A defensive stop by the Eagles gave them the ball and a chance for the win with 10 seconds remaining. Gorel attempted to drive to the basket and had the ball stripped by Owen Valley’s Nolan King, who passed up court to King, who made a layup with 1.2 seconds left to give Owen Valley the lead.
Brown County was unable to get another look, and the Patriots held on for the win.
“We should’ve ran the clock more to work for the last shot,” Fleetwood said. “We should’ve had the last shot of the game and, if we miss, we go to overtime.”
“They shouldn’t have had that last chance,” Gorel said. “I should have held the ball and ran the clock down so we could’ve at least went to overtime. It’s on me.”
“Tony didn’t have any help,” said Brown County’s Norman. “We went too quick and he lost the ball. If we had given him a little help, he gets a good look.”
Cubs turn back Lancers’ rally
EDINBURGH — Franklin lost a 17-point fourth-quarter lead but forced a couple of key turnovers late and hit critical free throws to hold off Edinburgh 52-50 in the semifinals of the Johnson County Tournament.
The second-seeded Cubs advance to tonight’s championship game against top-seed Center Grove at Edinburgh. The Lancers (7-2) host Whiteland in the third-place game at 6 p.m.
Franklin used 10-0 and 12-0 runs in the second and third quarters to put some distance on the Lancers. The second run gave the Cubs a 44-27 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Lancers made 7 of 10 shots, including four 3-pointers, during a 21-1 run and took a 48-45 lead with 1:39 remaining.
Caleb Giles and Riley Price led Edinburgh with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Tigers stave off Jets
FAIRLAND — Hauser battled back from an 11-point halftime deficit and had a shot to win at the buzzer, but it fell off the rim, and Triton Central held on for a 76-75 win.
Trey Shipley hit seven 3-pointers and led the Jets (0-10) with 27 points. Aaron Branum scored 14, and Mason Ramsey added 11.
Hilltoppers topple Trinity
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran was tied with Madison Shawe at halftime, but the Hilltoppers pulled away in the second half for a 55-42 win.
Jacob Harless led the Cougars (4-8) with 15 points.
Crusaders down Lighthouse
Columbus Christian broke open a close game after three quarters Friday night and went on to down Indianapolis Lighthouse 46-36.
“We played a 2-3 zone in the first half, and it was kind of standing around,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said. “We came out in the third quarter and extended our man-to-man defense and were able to put them away. I think we wore them out in the fourth quarter.”
Tori Robinson led the Crusaders (4-8) with 15 points. Rachel Warren added 14.
Eagles fall to Owen Valley
NASHVILLE — Brown County was victimized by 2-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line in a 44-36 Western Indiana Conference loss to Owen Valley.
Sasha Robinson led the Eagles (6-5, 2-3) with 14 points.
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