Survive and advance, the objective at tourney time. That is exactly what the Lions did in the first game of the Greensburg Sectional Tuesday. Despite missing seven free throws down the stretch, the Lions made some key defensive stops to hold off Lawrenceburg 67-64 and advance to the sectional semifinal tonight against Madison.
With the game tied at 60-60, Rushville’s Cameron Cox scored to break the tie and put the Lions in front. Rushville called time-out with 2:34 to play and out of the break, Hunter Orme completed a traditional three-point play to push the Lion lead to five.
Following two free throws by Lawrenceburg’s Chad Banschbach, Rushville missed on the front end of a one-and-one. Lawrenceburg’s Jalen Obertate scored only to be followed by another Cox bucket. Both had chances for three-point plays but were unable to convert.
Cox’s bucket gave the Lions a 67-64 lead with :57.9 on the clock. On the Tigers’ next possession, John Riddell came up with a huge defensive play by getting a jump ball call and possession back to the Lions.
The Lions then went to the charity stripe at the :39.3 mark, 16.8 mark and :02.9 mark, but could not get the ball to go through the net.
Fortunately for the Lions, solid defense and a couple missed 3-pointers by the Tigers allowed the Lions to escape with the 3-point victory.
Both offenses came out ready to play to start the game as the Tigers led 19-17 after the first quarter. Mitch Laird had two bombs for the Lions in the frame.
Rushville outscored the Tigers 15-10 in the second quarter to grab a 15-10 lead at the half. Cox had eight of his team-high 24 in the second quarter.
Another big offensive quarter came after the break as the Lions out-scored the Tigers 20-19 to led 52-48 heading to the fourth quarter.
Lawrenceburg’s Obertate had 11 in the quarter. The Tigers grabbed a 48-47 lead late in the frame, but Rushville’s Nate Niehoff hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and his put back at the horn had the Lions on top with eight minutes to play.
Following Cox’s 24 for the Lions was Orme and Laird with 12, Nate Hoeing with nine, Niehoff with five, Alex Yurack with three and Riddell with two.
The Lions take on the Cubs at 6 p.m. tonight followed by Greensburg and Batesville.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114