The Rising Sun Shiners saw a seven point lead slip away as South Dearborn rallied for a 62-60 win in the consolation game of the River Town Classic on Saturday, January 7th.
It appeared that the Shiners might start off the new year with their first win of the season when Nick Koons hit 3-of-4 free throws to push the Shiners’ lead to 54-47 with 3:43 to go.
It was a strange shift in momentum as South Dearborn had appeared to muscle up a basket with a whistle leading SD to believe it would have an opportunity for a three point play. It would have possibly cut the deficit to one. Instead the whistle was for a jump ball. A pair of technical fouls were called which led to the seven point stretch.
However, John Tedesco let his play do the talking the rest of the way with a three point play, a field goal and two free throws to pull SD within one.
That set up the game winning 3-pointer by Ethan Getz with 15 second remaining. Getz had a pair of fourth quarter steals also.
Rising Sun got a final shot and rebounded shot that wouldn’t fall at the buzzer.
Rising Sun led 14-9 after eight one quarter and took a 26-23 lead into intermission. Rising Sun led 31-23 after a basket by Tristan Brown before the Knight rallied to trail 38-37 with one quarter remaining.
The Knights were led by Hunter Brindley with 16. Payton Sipple had 14 with nine by John Tedesco. Ethan Getz had nine, Seth Couch eight and Jake Black three
Nick Koons had a game high 18 points including 6-for-7 at the line. Brent Turner added 13 and Tristan Brown scored 11. Noah Pflum added seven, Jason McClellan six Angelo Gallegos four and Trenton Gridley one.
The Shiners had one of its better shooting nights with 47 percent from the field including 1-for-9 in 3-pointers and 19-for-28 from the line but had a season high 26 turnovers.
Rising Sun opened the tournament with a 51-39 loss to Lawrenceburg.
A pair of Jason McClellan baskets gave Rising Sun the early lead before an 8-0 run put the Tigers ahead. Brent Turner’s basket pulled RS to within five after one, 13-8.
The Shiners closed the gap to two with a pair of 3-pointers by Noah Pflum and a buzzer beater three by Angelo Gallegos to trail 26-24 at the half.
A three point play by Turner and a basket by Koons had the Shiners within one twice. McClellan’s steal and fast break had the Shiners within one, 36-35, with eight minutes remaining.
The Tigers outscored the Shiners 15-4 in the final quarter to advance to the tourney final.
Jordan Houze led all scorers with 19 points. Curtis White scored 13 with A.J. Mueller scoring 10, Grant Bradley five and two each b Drew Wilson and Logan Lawrence.
Turner had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Shiners. McClellan added eight points and four boards while Koons had seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Noah Pflum had six points three assists and two rebounds. Gallegos cored five and had three steals. Brown closed out the scoring with two points, four rebounds with a steal, assist and block.
The Shiners shot 37 percent from the field including 4-for-12 from behind the arc. They were 3-for-10 at the line with Lawrenceburg 5-for-8. Rising Sun had 14 turnovers to 10 for the Tigers.
John Tedesco of South Dearborn and Brent Turner of Rising Sun were named to the all-tournament team along with Lawrenceburg’s Jordan Houze and Curtis White along with Justin Green and Kollin Hayes of Switzerland County. White was named MVP for the second straight season.