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Roby hits late basket to give Indian Lake 67-65 victory

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Indian Lake’s Jalon Tuttle goes up for a basket past Benjamin Logan’s Blaine Ricketts during the second half of their game Friday at Indian Lake High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

Indian Lake’s boys basketball team put itself in a position to win the game at the end Friday against visiting Benjamin Logan. Dustin Roby took it from there.

The Lakers pulled out a 67-65 win as Roby made a game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds left in the game.

After trailing most of the game, Indian Lake came alive and rallied in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Raiders hit a free-throw attempt to tie the game 65-65 with 27.5 seconds left to play.

On their game-winning possession, the Lakers (6-15, 5-5) inbounded the ball to sophomore Jalon Tuttle. He drove to the basket, and as he went up for a shot he passed it underneath to Roby, who put the ball up and in for a two-point Laker lead.

“We wanted to make a play with Jalon off a high screen,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “He made the correct read. Dustin caught the ball and made the shot.”

Ben Logan called a timeout with just over a second left on the clock. The Raiders got the ball past half court and put up a desperation three-point shot that missed at the buzzer.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Starr. “We just wanted to be in a position to win in the fourth quarter. We did struggle early on and that is a credit to Ben Logan. They were prepared and gave us trouble. I’m proud of my guys for handling the adversity the way they did tonight.”

Indian Lake was able to hang on for a 54-48 win over Ben Logan when the two teams met just over a month ago.

Miscues have plagued the Raiders all season, and that was the case again Friday against the Lakers.

“We’ve been in that situation before,” said Ben Logan head coach Dave Myers. “We didn’t take care of the ball a couple of times and we put them at the free-throw line.

“I told the guys we did a lot of good things tonight. We just haven’t been able to do the little things in crunch time. I thought we got a good look there at the end of the game, but came up short”

It was a scrappy first half as both teams were spirited in their play.

Ben Logan had the upper hand at the end of the first quarter with a 19-13 lead.

Indian Lake clawed its way back into the game at the start of the second quarter. The Lakers’ Christian Grider floated a basket in and was fouled at the 3:34 mark to tie the game 23-23. He followed up by making the ensuing free-throw attempt, which gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 24-23.

Ben Logan struck back and moved in front 33-31 at halftime.

“We were just a possession or two away from making it difficult on them to come back,” said Myers. “I thought we did a nice job on them in the first half.”

The Raiders maintained their lead after three quarters as they took a 54-48 advantage into the final period.

The momentum permanently shifted to Indian Lake. In the final 4:20 of the fourth quarter, the Lakers went on a 16-5 run, including Roby’s game-winning bucket.

Starr was also pleased with how his bench stepped up Friday night.

“Chris Teague really stepped up and did a good job getting Ben Logan’s guys contained  in the second half,” said Starr. “I thought our bench did a nice job, too. Ethan Downing, Cole Wurster and Jacob Hulbert all stepped up for us tonight.”

Grider led Indian Lake with 21 points, Brennon Lump had 13 points and Tuttle and Cole Wurster each added 11 points.

For Ben Logan, Blaine Ricketts had 21 points, Jordan Sosby scored 17 points and Austin Ahle added 15 points.

The Raiders won the junior varsity game 53-48. De’Sean Ward and Grant Ricketts each had 12 points for Ben Logan and Isaac Miller led the Lakers with 11 points.

Indian Lake hosts Bellefontaine today.

INDIAN LAKE 67, BEN LOGAN 65

BEN LOGAN (4-18, 2-8)

Sosby 8 0-3 17; Rader 1 3-4 6; Ricketts 8 3-4 21; Saylor 1 0-0 2; Ahle 4 7-9 15; Greene 2 0-3 4. Totals: 24 13-23 65.

INDIAN LAKE (6-15, 5-5)

Tuttle 5 0-0 11; Hulbert 1 0-0 3; Grider 7 7-10 21; Lump 4 2-2 13; Wurster 4 0-0 11; Roby 4 0-0 8. Totals: 25 9-12 67.

Raiders    19    14    21    11  — 65

Lakers    13    18    17    19    —    67

Three pointers: Ben Logan 4 (Ricketts 2, Sosby, Rader); Indian Lake 8 (Wurster 3, Lump 3, Hulbert, Tuttle). Team fouls: Ben Logan 13; Indian Lake 18.  

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