Memorial Gym was a busy place for the Lions Friday and Saturday. Rushville hosted conference foe Lawrenceburg Friday and former conference foe Pendleton Heights Saturday.
The Lions earned a split on the weekend with a 59-47 victory over Lawrenceburg before being edged by Pendleton 65-58.
On Friday, Lawrenceburg jumped out to the early lead and led as by as much as five points. An Alex Yurack 3-pointer got the Lions even and Rushville took its first lead as Nate Niehoff scored off the Ricky Thompson assist.
Trailing by two, the Lions got a bucket by Cameron Cox off the Austin Yurack feed to tie the game at 18-18 after the first quarter.
The Lions took the lead on a Niehoff bucket to start the second quarter. The Lions never trailed again in the ball game. Alex Yurack’s third 3-pointer gave the Lions a 27-21 lead before a bucket by Lawrenceburg’s Jordan Kauffman made it 27-23 at the half.
Rushville outscored the Tigers 18-13 in the third quarter. Rushville extended the lead to 10 points (35-25) on a 3-pointer from Mitch Laird. Later in the quarter, a Bryce Dye triple had the lead at 11 points. After three quarters, the Lions led 45-36.
Rushville pushed the lead back to double figures on free throws by Cox and Alex Yurack and the Tigers could not get the deficit back to single digits the rest of the way.
Cox led the Lions with 18 points. Alex Yurack had 15 and Niehoff finished with 13.
Lawrenceburg rallied to knock off the junior varsity Lions 46-43. Rushville was led by Jaret Sons with 20 points.
Pendleton came to town Saturday and had to fight to the final minute to put away the Lions.
Pendleton led at the end of the first quarter 15-14 and a good second quarter for the Arabians pushed the lead to 36-27 at the half.
Rushville started to claw back in the game in the third, cutting the deficit to four at 50-46. Cox, who led the Lions with 24 points, had 11 in the third quarter.