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Miners hold off Patriots for 56-45 win

Friday, January 11, 2013

Austin Karazsia (middle) hugs Dess Fougerousse before the start of the Linton-Stockton boys basketball game Friday night against Vincennes Rivet. Fougerousse was being presented with the ball after going over 1,000 career points earlier this season and Karazsia was being recognized for setting the school record with six blocks in a game at the county tournament last week. Miner athletic director Charlie Karazsia (right) watches and applauds Fougerousse and his son. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
The Greene County Invitational boys basketball tournament is officially over for Linton-Stockton.

The Class 2A No. 7 Miners, who won three games to capture just the fourth GCI title in school history last week, held off a pesky Vincennes Rivet team, defeating the Patriots 56-45.

It was the 10th win in 12 games for the Miners while Rivet slipped to 2-11.

Linton-Stockton boys basketball coach Joey Hart points the way during a timeout Friday night against Vincennes Rivet. The Miners improved to 10-2 after a 56-45 victory. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
"We played like we had a hangover from the Greene County tournament," said Miner center Austin Karazsia, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to go over 1,000 points in his career. "We obviously did not play as well as we can.

"We know we have to get better and we will. We will watch film tomorrow and get back to work."

Karazsia needed 19 points entering the game to achieve the historical mark and now has 1,004 points.

"You cannot achieve something like this without the help of all of your teammates and coaches," said Karazsia, who joins teammate Dess Fougerousse, who earlier this season went over 1,000 points as well. "It is an honor, but I am glad we got the win and can now refocus on becoming a better team."

The Miners were outrebounded 24-23 and committed 15 turnovers.

"It counts," said Miner coach Joey Hart. "I think we were still celebrating winning the county tournament, but that is now over.

"We obviously have some things to work on."

Rivet was led in scoring by Collin Worth, who finished with 15 points.

Zach Templin had eight points and 10 points for the Patriots, who trailed 23-16 at the half and 38-26 after three quarters.

The Miners pushed their advantage to 43-29, its largest after a basket by Karazsia, assisted by Keith Fulk. Rivet cut the deficit to eight in the final seconds on a foul shot by Wirth, but would come no closer.

"Rivet has a much better team than their record," said Hart. "They play hard and have some good players.

"They came back from 18 down to tie Loogootee."

Fougerousse scored 11 points to go with six assists, three steals and seven rebounds.

"They are both very special players," Hart said of Fougerousse and Karazsia now having gone over 1,000 career points. "We just need them to both get more locked in on the defensive end of the floor."

The Miners did finish with 19 assists and 20 baskets. Fulk had eight points and four assists.

In the junior varsity game, the Miners won 34-31. Zach Johnson scored 14 points.

Pierce Jackson had seven points, Drew Witty and Jacob Clothier had four each, Calvin Allen and Beau Eaton both scored two and Joe Dieball added one. Zach Phegley also played.

The Miners will play a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game Friday, Jan. 18 at North Daviess.

VINCENNES RIVET (45) -- Collin Wirth 5-14 4-7 15, Zach Templin 4-8 0-1 8, Nick Niehaus 1-1 0-0 2, Colin Vieke 4-10 0-0 9, Tanner Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Halter 2-6 0-0 5, John Anderson 1-1 1-2 3, Robbie Waggoner 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Cummins 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 18-43 5-10 45.

LINTON-STOCKTON (56) -- Bryant Jackson 1-1 4-4 6, Dess Fougerousse 4-10 2-5 11, Austin Karazsia 10-14 3-6 23, Keith Fulk 3-7 0-0 8, Ryan Woodward 1-3 3-6 6, Joe Dieball 1-1 0-0 2, Zach Riddell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-36 12-21 56.

Vincennes Rivet 5 11 10 19 -- 45

Linton-Stockton 15 8 15 18 -- 56

3-point shooting -- Vincennes Rivet 4-21 (Cummins 1-2, Halter 1-4, Wirth 1-6, Vieke 1-6, Thomas 0-1, Templin 0-2), Linton-Stockton 4-10 (Fulk 2-6, Woodward 1-1, Fougerousse 1-3), Riggleman 0-2). Fouls -- Vincennes Rivet 11, Linton-Stockton 12. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Vincennes Rivet 24 (Templin 10), Linton-Stockton 23 (Karazsia 9). Assists --Vincennes Rivet 15 (Vieke 5), Linton-Stockton 19 (Fougerousse 6). Steals -- Vincennes Rivet 4 (Vieke 2), Linton-Stockton 9 (Fougerousse 3). Turnovers -- Vincennes Rivet 14 (Vieke 3, Wirth 3), Linton-Stockton 15 (Fougerousse 8). Blocks -- Vincennes Rivet 0, Linton-Stockton 4 (Karazsia 3). Junior varsity -- Linton-Stockton 34, Vincennes Rivet 31.

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