But unlike a 72-51 victory by the Miners at Jasonville on Dec. 14, Linton-Stockton needed two overtimes to hold off the Lakers for a 70-62 win in the semifinals of the Greene County Invitational here Friday night.
"We survived," said coach Joey Hart, who's Class 2A No. 8 Miners improved to 8-2. "Shakamak gave a good effort.
Shakamak coach Steve Brett was not pleased with playing the taller Miners close and coming up on the wrong side of the ledger.
"I am not satisfied with taking them to double overtime and losing," said Brett. "I thought we rebounded better, played better defense, took pretty good care of the basketball and had better shot selection.
"Although we did not have a lot of turnovers, we made some at crucial times in the fourth quarter. We did a pretty good job on the boards, but at times gave them some key second shots. We had some breakdowns defensively which cost us. A couple of times we took bad shots. We played much better in those four areas, but we were not as good as you have to be to beat a team as good as Linton."
With Austin Karazsia, who had 30 points in the first meeting against the Lakers saddled with foul trouble, Dess Fougerousse carried the load for the Miners.
Fougerousse made 14 of 21 shots and finished with a game-high 33 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds to go with two assists and one block.
His lay-up with 64 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 53-all.
Brodie Crowe of Shakamak scored eight of his team high 25 points in the fourth quarter. Patrick Green, who had 10 points, six rebounds, two steals and three assists, buried a 3-pointer to put the Lakers ahead by two near the end of regulation.
Both teams scored six points in the first extra four-minute session. Kyle Schubla, who had five points, six assists, three steals and four rebounds for the Lakers, put Shakamak in front 59-57 after swishing a 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the first overtime.
Karazsia scored the second of back-to-back hoops, tying the game at 59 to force another OT.
After not attempting a free throw in the first overtime, Linton-Stockton made 9 of 10 in the second.
Karazsia connected on 4 of 4 to finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jackson Bohnert and Ryan Woodward each made two freebies and Fougerousse, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the earlier game, made 1 of 2 as the Miners outscored the Lakers 11-3 over the final four minutes. Fougerousse had the only Miner hoop in overtime. Crowe hit a 3-pointer to account for the Lakers only points in the final five-plus minutes.
"It was a great game for the fans," said Hart. "I thought our kids showed a lot of composure, something we haven't always done in the past.
"We had a lot of kids contribute and made plays at both ends. Dess carried us offensively against all of their various defenses. Austin stayed focused and on the floor and made some big plays as well."
Jackson and Keith Fulk each finished with eight points and Bohnert added seven.
Dylan Collins finished with 12 points, including two treys early as the Lakers led 19-14 after the first quarter.
The game was tied 29-all at the half and the Miners had a slim 41-40 advantage going to the fourth quarter.
"No matter who we play tomorrow night, if we can play this way again, I will be satisfied," said Brett. "We can't take a step backwards."
The consolation game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday with the Lakers against Eastern Greene. The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Miners facing the host Wolverines, who defeated Eastern Greene 58-52 in the other semifinal Friday.
Greene County Invitational
At Switz City
LINTON-STOCKTON (70) -- Bryant Jackson 3-6 1-2 8, Dess Fougerousse 14-21 4-6 33, Austin Karazsia 3-4 6-7 12, Keith Fulk 3-7 0-0 8, Joe Dieball 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Woodward 0-2 2-2 2, Jackson Bohnert 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 25-43 16-21 70.
SHAKAMAK (62) -- Patrick Green 2-7 5-6 10, Brodie Crowe 10-26 0-1 25, Brandon Morin 4-7 0-0 8, Kyle Schubla 2-3 0-0 5, Dylan Collins 4-10 2-2 12, Jeff Bessling 1-2 0-0 2, Mark West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 7-8 62
Linton-Stockton 14 15 12 12 6 11 -- 70
Shakamak 19 10 11 13 6 3 -- 62
3-point shooting -- Linton-Stockton 4-14 (Fulk 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Fougerousse 1-3, Bohnert 0-1, Woodward 0-2), Shakamak 9-25 (Crowe 5-12, Collins 2-8, Schubla 1-1, Green 1-4). Fouls -- Linton-Stockton 12, Shakamak 14. Fouled out -- Schubla. Rebounds -- Linton-Stockton 29 (Karazsia 11, Fougerousse 9), Shakamak 23 (Green 6, Schubla 5). Assists -- Linton-Stockton 14 (Dieball 3, Jackson 3), Shakamak 16 (Schubla 5). Steals -- Linton-Stockton 3 (Jackson, Karazsia, Dieball), Shakamak 5 (Schubla 3, Green 2). Turnovers -- Linton-Stockton 12 (Fougerousse 7), Shakamak 10 (Collins 4). Blocks -- Linton-Stockton 3 (Karazsia 2), Shakamak 0.