After a tight ball game for 2 ½ quarters, the Lions made a run late in the third quarter and extended the lead in the fourth en route to the 74-60 victory over visiting Greenfield-Central Friday. The Lions improve to 7-9 while the Cougars fall to 4-16.
With 4:20 to go in the third quarter, Greenfield’s Chandler Bean completed a traditional three-point play to put the Cougars up 38-37. Rushville’s Kris Combs answered with a 3-pointer before Greenfield’s Tate Hall scored to tie the game at 40-40.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Mitch Laird gave the Lions a six point lead. After a bucket by Dallas Pribble for Greenfield, Rushville got buckets by Cameron Cox and Alex Yurack to stretch the lead to eight. That was the margin after three quarters, 52-44.
A steal and dunk by Yurack opened the fourth quarter and started a 6-2 Rushville run. Consecutive buckets by Nate Niehoff has the lead at 12, 58-46. A Pribble 3-pointer cut the lead under double figures, but two Cox free throws pushed the lead back in double digits and the Cougars could never get closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Six straight points by Niehoff gave the Lions their largest lead at 71-55 with less than two minutes to play. Brad Busald and Laird capped the scoring for the Lions as Rushville went on to the 74-60 victory.
Rushville opened the game with a 7-2 run as Cox scored to start it and Bryce Dye hit a triple to cap it. Greenfield fought all the way back to take the lead on a Bean 3-pointer. A Cole Oleksy bucket and triple by Hall had the Cougars up 16-11 before a bucket by Combs closed the first quarter with Greenfield up 16-13.
Rushville trailed throughout the second quarter until two free throws by Cox cut the deficit to two and a drive by Yurack knotted the game at 21-21. Cox’s rebound bucket gave the Lions the lead and another drive by Yurack had the Lions up 27-25 at the half.