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Cochran's basket lifts Indians
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. - Jordan Shick kept Lawrenceville High School's basketball team in the game Saturday afternoon so that Brandt Cochran could win it.
Shick netted a season-high 23 points while Cochran drilled the winning basket with three seconds remaining as the Indians salvaged their trip to the Gibson County-Toyota Teamwork Classic by nipping South Central, Ind., in the seventh-place game, 52-50.
The outcome snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tribe (3-8) and was a welcome relief after the team lost its three pool play games by an average of 32 points.
"This is a tough tournament, but I told (the players) we didn't want to come out of here without a win," LHS coach Randy Bishop said, following the game that was played in Oakland City University's Johnson Center. "It was a tough battle today. I thought our kids executed and did some really good things."
The game, which featured 13 lead changes and four ties, was tight from start to finish. South Central (1-8) led by as many as eight points in the early stages, while the biggest LHS lead of the game was five points.
The Rebels looked to be in good shape at the 2:38 mark, when the took a 50-46 lead thanks to a pair of charity tosses by Zack Goodwin.
South Central, however, didn't score again as the Indians finished the game on a 6-0 run.
Senior Austin Wanke's two-footer brought LHS to within 50-48 with two minutes to play. The Indians forced a turnover with less than a minute remaining, but failed to convert.
Cochran came up with perhaps the game's biggest play to that point, as he stole the ball under the basket and tied the game with a lay-up.
The Rebels worked the ball to Ben Cunningham, whose shot was off the mark. Shick rebounded for LHS, and the Indians worked for a final shot.
As the clock wound down, Cochran got off a shot from the right baseline, just inside the 3-point arc. The ball hit nothing but net, and the Rebels called timeout with two seconds remaining.
South Central's desperation attempt was thwarted when the Indians' Dylan Volkman stole the ball at mid-floor.
Shick, who hit 10 of 18 shots, mostly from point-blank range, finished with 23 points. Perhaps of equal importance, he grabbed 15 rebounds - more than half of the LHS total.
"He had a tremendous game," said Bishop, whose team made 23 of 51 shots for 45 percent. "He rebounded. He scored around the basket. And Cochran had the big steal at the end and the shot to seal it."
Cochran, who is still slowed by a sore ankle, added 14 points for LHS, including two 3-pointers in the second quarter. Austin Wanke was good on four of the five shots he attempted, including a spinning move to the hoop late in the first half, and finished with eight.
Goodwin had 19 points to pace the Rebels, while Nick Weemes totaled 11 points and seven boards.
South Central held a 14-13 lead at the end of the opening period, before the Tribe rallied to lead at halftime, 28-26.
South Central opened the second half with an 8-0 run, taking a 34-28 advantage. Shick began muscling his way for baskets at that point, helping the Tribe tie the game at 36. South Central temporarily recovered and took a 41-40 edge into the final stanza.
There were five lead changes and a pair of ties in the final eight minutes, before LHS ultimately prevailed.
"It's very important that you have kids who can step in there and make a big play when you need one to win," Bishop said. "I thought we did that. I was proud of how hard (the Indians) played today."
The Indians are off until Jan. 7, when they play a makeup game at Hutsonville.
Until then, Bishop says, the Indians will welcome some practice time in the gym.
"This will mean a lot for their confidence, Winning can change a lot of things," he said. "That locker room is pretty happy right now, especially after the beatings they took against Princeton and Castle. Winning (this game) give them some momentum and it gives them something to look forward to."
South Central 50
SOUTH CENTRAL (50)
Goodwin (c) 7-12 5-7 19, Weemes (f) 4-9 3-6 11, Cunningham (f) 2-2 9, Shaffer (g) 2-5 2-2 7, Veith (g) 0-7 2-2 2, Sullivan 1-2 0-0 2, Goforth 0-0 0-0 0, Knear 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-41 14-19 50.
Shick (f) 10-18 2-3 23, Cochran (g) 6-14 0-0 14, Wanke 4-5 0-0 8, Volkman 2-5 0-0 4, Loeb (g) 1-7 0-0 2, Benson 0-0 1-2 1, Winningham 0-2 0-0 0, Steffey (f) 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson (c) 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 3-5 52.
3-point shooting: South Central 2-4 (Shaffer 1-2, Weemes 1-2), Lawrenceville 3-16 (Winningham 0-2, Loeb 0-2, Shick 1-4, Cochran 2-8). Rebounds: South Central 22 (Weemes 7), Lawrenceville 29 (Shick 15). Turnovers: 21, Lawrenceville 16. Fouls: South Central 12, Lawrenceville 14.
South Central 14 12 15 9 - 50
Lawrenceville 13 15 12 12 - 52
Officials: Chris McManus, Scott Reid, Stan Atchison.