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UPDATED: Lakers defeat Eastern Greene for third place

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jeff Bessling of Shakamak (left) tries to score over Briar Martindale of Eastern Greene during the third-place game at the Greene County tournament Saturday night at WRV (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
SWITZ CITY -- Although Shakamak and Eastern Greene both had their eyes on a Greene County Invitational championship, they had to settle for playing in the third-place place game against each other here Saturday night.

The Lakers made 10 of 13 shots in the second half and needed all of them to edge the Thunderbirds 44-40.

"It was pretty ugly for both teams," said Shakamak coach Steve Brett. "We were just fortunate to make one or two more plays than they did."

Eastern Greene coach Levi Carmichael was obviously disappointed after losing two games in two nights to finish fourth.

"The last two nights we learned that we are not as mentally and physically tough as we need to be," said Carmichael. "We need to get back to practice to work on getting better."

The game was close throughout, as neither team led by more than five points. There were five ties and nine lead changes.

Eastern Greene was in front at each of the first three quarter stops -- 10-7, 21-16 and 28-27.

"Both of us seemed to have similar problems," said Brett. "They would miss a defensive assignment and then we would do the same.

"They would throw the ball away and then we would come back and make a turnover. We would miss a block out and then they would give us a second shot."

Laker guard Kyle Schubla, who made the all-tournament team, rallied Shakamak late.

Schubla, who earlier in the game received a technical foul, scored all seven of his points in the decisive fourth quarter.

His three-point play gave the Lakers a 30-28 lead with seven minutes and 13 seconds remaining.

His driving lay-up at the 5:52 mark put Shakamak in front 34-30.

Brodie Crowe came up with a steal and then the play was finished off as Dylan Collins dished to a driving Schubla, who's basket put Shakamak ahead 39-38 with 2:12 remaining.

"He is one of those kids that works hard and always hustles," said Brett. "He just loves to play and wants to win.

"He doesn't care if he ever scores. He does the little things that mean the difference between winning and losing, although most of the time people overlook his contributions. He was very active late and made some big plays to help us win this game."

Tyler Brough, who also made the all-tournament team, was limited to eight points but made consecutive threes as Eastern Greene went ahead 38-37 with 3:15 remaining.

Brough came up with a steal which led to a basket by Kurtis Stille, putting the T-Birds ahead 40-39 with 56 seconds to play.

Three foul shots -- two by Brandon Morin and another by Patrick Green -- by the Lakers proved to be the difference.

"We had two huge possessions up one," said Carmichael. "We had one turnover and one inexplicable foul.

"We just didn't get it done."

Crowe (19) and Morin (10) combined for 29 points for the Lakers. Stille had 11 points to lead EGHS.

Greene County Invitational



At Switz City

SHAKAMAK (44) - Patrick Green 1-3 2-4 4, Brodie Crowe 8-13 0-0 19, Brandon Morin 3-3 4-4 10, Kyle Schubla 3-3 1-2 7, Dylan Collins 0-5 0-0 0, Jeff Bessling 2-3 0-0 4, Mark West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-30 7-9 44.

EASTERN GREENE (40) - Kurtis Stille 5-11 1-3 11, Briar Martindale 2-7 0-0 4, Jacob Henderson 1-4 0-0 2, Logan Frye 0-2 2-2 2, Tyler Brough 2-6 2-4 8, Zak Eckerle 3-5 1-2 9, Camden Sego 1-1 0-0 2, Trevor Yoho 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 15-37 6-11 40.

Shakamak 7 9 11 17 - 44

Eastern Greene 10 11 7 12 - 40

3-point shooting -- Shakamak 3-6 (Crowe 3-5, Collins 0-1), Eastern Greene (4-11 (Eckerle 2-6, Brough 2-3, Henderson 0-1, Martindale 0-1). Fouls -- Shakamak 12, Eastern Greene 14. Fouled out -- None. Technical foul -- Schubla. Rebounds -- Shakamak 17 (Crowe 6), Eastern Greene 19 (Stille, Frye 4). Assists -- Shakamak 10 (Collins 3), Eastern Greene 11 (Martindale 4). Steals -- Shakamak 7 (Crowe 2), Eastern Greene (Stille 2, Brough 2, Henderson 2, Frye 2). Turnovers -- Shakamak 15 (Crowe 4), Eastern Greene 13 (Frye 4). Blocks -- Shakamak 2 (Crowe 2), Eastern Greene 0.

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Great job Shakamak!! You were a joy to watch during this tournament. I admired your hustle throughout each game. In fact, you were not out-hustled by any team in the tournament. Good Luck the rest of the year!!

-- Posted by LA All the Way on Sun, Jan 6, 2013, at 2:22 AM

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