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It was 15 minutes after Brown County’s 53-45 boys basketball loss to visiting West Vigo and the Eagles coaching staff still was annoyed.
The general consensus was that Brown County let one slip away.
“The main point is that we did not hit our free throws,” said Eagles assistant coach Josh Aspenson.
Brown County finished the game with 8 for 22 from the free throw line.
“It is a lot of points that we missed out on,” Aspenson said. “We definitely could have had a chance to come away with a victory if we had just made our free throws.”
The game started out slow for both teams as neither could get into an offensive rhythm. The Vikings had the lead 26-21 at the break.
The second half was much of the same as the defenses dominated. Brown County made just two field goals in the third quarter and went almost five minutes before hitting a field goal after coming out following halftime.
Aspenson said there was no excuse for such a poor offensive output.
“We missed three easy, uncontested layups to start the second half,” Aspenson said. “That is six easy points we gave away there. If we would have hit those layups, we could have had the lead and all the momentum would have shifted in our favor.”
Even with their poor shooting, the Eagles only trailed the Vikings 34-27 after three quarters.
Momentum started to go the Eagles way, finally, midway through fourth quarter.
Down by double digits, senior Evan Richardson hit a 3-point basket. On the defensive end, the Eagles
utilized the full-court press to force the Vikings into three turnovers on four possessions. The lead was cut to seven at that point thanks to a couple layups by the Eagles’ Happy Lacy-Connell. From that point going forward, West Vigo found a way to break through the full-court press and that forced Brown County to start fouling, forcing three of their starters out of the game in the last three minutes of the game.
The Vikings made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“We had to think twice at first with most of our guys having four fouls,” Aspenson said.
Aspenson was pleased with Brown County’s fourth-quarter effort.
Luke Huls led the Eagles with 15 points. Richardson added 10 points for the Eagles. Lacy-Connell finished the game with nine points.
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