North Harrison edges Brownstown

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RAMSEY

Stepping onto the basketball court Friday night, Brownstown Central faced an interesting scenario.

They wore their home white jerseys and were the home team on the scoreboard but were not on their court.

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Playing the host team in the Class 3A Sectional 30 at North Harrison, the Braves were in hostile territory.

After falling behind by as many as 16 points in the second half, Brownstown had a huge fourth quarter to force overtime.

The Braves had a one-point lead twice in the extra four minutes, but North Harrison scored four points in the last 10 seconds to win 60-57 and advance to tonight’s sectional championship game against Silver Creek.

“We have trailed so many times throughout the season, and we just have enough grit and toughness that we’ve been able to fight back, and we did again. This team does not surprise me on that aspect,” Braves coach Dave Benter said.

“Our issue that we’ve got coming back, we have got to approach every day the same and get more disciplined where we are playing that way every second and we’re acting disciplined on and off the court,” he said. “I admire our guys how hard we played the last quarter and a half. We left everything on the floor, we competed every possession, but we’ve got to do that consistently throughout the game.”

Trailing 42-29 going into the fourth quarter, the Braves outscored the Cougars 23-10 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

Michael Boshears scored 10 points, Seth Borden had eight and Cameron Luedeman had five. Boshears faked a shot in the lane with 1:22 to go and made a basket for tie the game at 52. North Harrison’s Jake Book dribbled the ball down to five seconds before shooting, but he missed.

In overtime, Luedeman made the front end of a one-and-one at 2:24 to give Brownstown its first lead of the night, 55-54.

The Cougars’ Langdon Hatton made a basket in the paint with 28 seconds to go for a 56-55 lead.

Luedeman was fouled on a drive to the basket and made both free throws to give the Braves a 57-56 edge seven seconds later.

Book banked in a layup with 10 seconds to go to change the lead again, and the Braves missed a shot near the free throw line with less than a second to go.

North Harrison’s Braden Jenkins was immediately fouled and made both free throws for the final margin.

North Harrison scored the first six points of the game, and Brownstown didn’t get on the scoreboard until Isaiah Wineinger’s 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

After the Braves pulled within two points with a minute left in the opening quarter, the Cougars closed on a 6-0 run to lead 13-6.

Boshears made a 3-pointer from the left wing at 3:30 to make it an 18-12 game, but North Harrison closed the half on an 8-2 run to lead 26-14 at halftime. The Cougars’ crowd and bench was fired up when Max Flock nailed a 3 at the buzzer.

Both teams traded baskets through the first half of the third quarter until Book went on his own 6-0 run to put North Harrison on top 38-22, capped off with a steal and layup at 3:43.

The Braves pulled within nine points on a Boshears basket at 2:54, but North Harrison got the double-digit lead back and kept it until the Braves made their fourth-quarter rally.

Boshears led the Braves (18-7) with 20 points, followed by Luedeman with 15 and Borden with 10.

Book led all scorers with 25 points for the Cougars (17-8).

Brownstown’s senior players are Luedeman and Stuart Hayden.

“They are guys that we knew every day what we were going to get from them,” Benter said. “Great guys in the classroom, never get in trouble, no drama on the court, they come out and they are very coachable.

“We talked about basketball. There actually is a life you’ve got to go through, and those traits are going to help them be successful young men when they leave our basketball program,” he said. “Coach (Kevin) Gwin talked earlier in the season about how many people we lost from last year (10) … You don’t want it to be the group that let us fall back and be mediocre this year. Those guys and the rest of the team … to finish 18-7, that says something about this group.”

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