Borden’s boys win back-to-back titles
Over the past 10 seasons no two teams have dominated Sectional 62 play like Borden and Lanesville.
Saturday the two teams squared off for another showdown.
Like the previous four meetings had gone, Borden managed a hard-fought win, 59-50.
Lanesville took the tip and struck first but Borden came back taking up to a five point lead in the first quarter. Borden had an edge in rebounding but made too many turnovers aiding Lanesville as they kept coming back trailing at the end of the quarter by only two, 14 to 12 Borden.
As in the first quarter both teams continued to play good defense in the second quarter. Lanesville and Borden handled the ball well with Borden continued to make a few costly turnovers. Lanesville made two 3’s in the first and one in the second quarter to boost their cause and stay even for the quarter. Borden went into half with the same two point lead, 23 to 21 Borden.
Lanesville came alive out rebounding Borden in the third quarter. Both teams were very aggressive on offense with Lanesville out scoring Borden by three. It was tight throughout the quarter with Borden taking as much as a four point lead only to see Lanesville come back a take a point lead. Lanesville hit 7 of 8 free throws to push out in front at the end of the quarter, 39-38 Lanesville.
The stage was set for a dramatic finish. Borden came out and edged out a lead with free throws then with 6:08 to play Lanesville’s Justin Miller muscled in a basket giving Lanesville back the lead. Then Borden’s Billy Kirchgessner and Cody Bachman made baskets and hit their free throws to push Borden back in front by five.
Lanesville needing the ball to score became very aggressive on defense and committed several fouls. Borden, hitting 15 of 20 free throws for the quarter, were able to pull their lead out to as much as ten points late in the quarter. Lanesville battled back to within six with 39 seconds to play. But they then made a bad pass out of bounds giving Borden the ball and stopping their chance for a comeback. Final score was 59 to 50 Borden.
Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said after the game, “Justin Miller played hard, they did a lot of work to keep the ball from him. We went three minutes in the first quarter without scoring and that hurt. We had a couple low spots this season but we kept our seniors and we will miss them.”
Borden’s coach Nash would comment, “We got them shook up in the fourth and we took advantage of it. We picked our shots and we hit free throws. Our seniors play like seniors who weren’t through with this season.”
Lanesville’s high scorers were Miller 12, Ferree 11, Fulkerson 11 and Husband with 10.
Borden’s high scorers were Bachman 18, Kirchgessner 12, Vick 12 and McCoy with 10.
Borden advances to the Loogootee Regional where they will face Orleans Saturday morning. During the regular season Borden won at Orleans by one point, 37 to 36.