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February 4, 2014

Lions earn weekend split on hardwood

Top Knights; fall to Trojans

After a long lay-off due to the weather, the Lions returned to the court with a pair of games this past weekend. Friday, the Lions hosted conference foe South Dearborn and earned a 54-40 victory over the Knights. Saturday, a big second half comeback fell just short as the Lions fell to New Castle 55-51.

The Lions opened the weekend with a 54-40 victory over conference foe South Dearborn.

The Lions got off to a solid start with 21 points in the opening quarter.

Four straight points from Kris Combs started the quarter and four straight from Alex Yurack had the Lions up 8-6 in the early going. A Mitch Laird 3- pointer pushed the Lion lead to 12-8 with 4:19 to play in the opening quarter. The Knights fought back to tie the game at 12-12, but the Lions responded with a Cameron Cox bucket and Yurack 3-pointer to push the lead to five. After a free throw by South Dearborn’s Jeff Wohlfrom, the Lions scored the final four points to lead 21-13 heading to the second quarter.

The Knights went on a 10-3 run in the second quarter. Laird’s triple was the lone score for the Lions in the Knights’ run. At the half, the Lions led 24-23.

A Combs bucket followed by two straight buckets by Cox extended Rushville’s lead to 30-23. The Knights closed the quarter with the final five points to cut the deficit to 30-28 at the break.

The Lions turned the table on the Knights to start the fourth quarter – going on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 41-30. Combs started the run and Cox capped it at the 4:10 mark. Another Combs bucket ended a 6-2 Rushville run with 2:10 to play in the game.

Rushville extended the lead to 17 points on four straight points by Yurack with less than two minutes to play. The Knights scored the final three points – all from Wohlfrom – to make the final margin 54-40. Yurack finished with 16 points. Cox scored 14 points and Combs had 13 points.

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