After a tough 30 point loss to Southwestern (Hanover), the Rising Sun Shiners and their fans could have packed it in for the season but they came together to battle Lawrenceburg in a non-conference contest on Saturday, February 11th.
The reigning River Town Classic champs defeated RS 51-39 on January 6th.
The Shiners got off to a slow start, trailing 10-2 before Nick Koons started a 7-0 run that included a pair of baskets by Jason McClellan and a go ahead 3-pointer by Noah Pflum.
The Tigers regained the lead as Curtis White hit a pair of free throws while fouled on a 3-point attempt. Baskets by Brent Turner, Tristan Brown and Trenton Gridley kept the Shiners within two before the host Tigers pulled ahead for a 28-19 halftime lead.
Lawrenceburg pulled away with a 12-4 run to close the third quarter and led 47-31 before closing out the 58-44 win.
The deficit was too much to overcome as they could get to within 12 after baskets by Koons and Turner.
Turner finished with a team high 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Koons was the only other Shiner in double figures with 10 to go with three rebounds and an assist.
Pflum finished with eight points, three assists and a rebound while Jason McClellan put in six points with three rebounds and an assist.
Trenton Gridley saw extended playing time as the 6’5″ junior matched up with Lawrenceburg’s 6’8″ freshman Jason Morton. Gridley responded with four points and a team high nine rebounds plus a steal and assist.
Brown had the only other Shiner points but had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Senior Angelo Gallegos had a pair of assists.
Lawrenceburg was led by Jordan Houze with 15, Morton 11 and White 10.
The Tigers were 12-for-19 at the free throw line compared to just 2-for-7 for the Shiners.
Rising Sun had 16 turnovers and connected on 20-for-53 from the field including 2-for-11 from behind the arc.
The shooting was much improved from the 67-37 loss the night before to Southwestern.
In that contest, the Shiners were 10-for-22 from two point range and 2-for-22 from 3-point range plus 8-for-18 from the free throw line.
Southwestern was deadly from 3-point range and the free throw line especially Tyler Kramer, who had 22 points (17 first half) including five straight 3-pointers.
Southwestern jumped out to a 24-9 lead after one quarter and led 35-17 at the half. An 11-0 run to open the third quarter en route to the ORVC win. Tryston Wheatley finished with 16 and Coleman Jones 11.
Koons led the Shiners with 11 points and four rebounds. Turner added six points with six rebounds and three steals. Pflum had five points a rebound and assist. Gridley added five points and a rebound.
Senior Brandon Benning had four points and three rebounds off the bench.
Gallegos and Brown, the other two Shiner seniors, had three points each. Gallegos had a team high six assists with two rebounds and two steals. Brown added two rebounds and two steals. McClellan did not score but had three rebonds.
Southwestern was 21-for-24 from the free throw line
Rising Sun’s record is 2-2 in Ohio River Valley Conference play headed into this week’s Valentine’s Day home game with Jac-Cen-Del and final home game against South Ripley on Friday.
The Shiner reserves lost 43-38 to Southwestern and 53-35 at Lawrenceburg.
Rising Sun led 11-6 after one quarter and led 16-6 before Southwestern went on a 17-1 run to lead 23-17. They maintained a 34-30 lead after three quarters.
Jake Bovard led the Shiners with 13 including a pair of 3-ponters against Southwestern. Jake Powell added seven followed by Steven Jimenez with six, Wes Rider four, Trevor Levi three, Daniel Daugherty and TJ Manifold two each and Marc McClellan one.
Lawrenceburg broke away in the second half to defeat Rising Sun 53-35.
Freshman Gavin Yoon had 18 points and Zach Mollaun added 11 for the Tigers.
Powell and Levi led the Shiners with eight each. Bovard and Rider scored five each with Daugherty adding four, Jimenez three and Manifold two.