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Braves’ second-half surge wipes out Lakers

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Indian Lake’s Christian Grider puts up a shot as Springfield Shawnee’s Jaelin Williams, right, looks on during Saturday’s sectional tournament game in Springfield. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Shawnee showed in the second half here Saturday against Indian Lake why it won 20 games in the regular season.

Indian Lake was within striking distance at halftime, trailing by eight points (24-16).

However, the second-seeded Braves used a 42-15 run over the third and fourth quarters to run away for a 66-31 victory in a Division II boys sectional tournament game at Springfield High School.

“In the first half, we were able to push them to the sidelines and make them shoot jumpers,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “They were able to get into the lane and took advantage of their size and strength in the second half.”

The Lakers were able to get Shawnee star Jaelin Williams into foul trouble in the first half. Williams was whistled with two early fouls and had to sit for several minutes.

Indian Lake was able to take advantage of Williams’ foul situation. The score was tied 14-14 with 4:52 left in the first half and the Lakers trailed by just three points (19-16) with three minutes left until halftime.

The Braves (21-2) finished the half with five straight points to push their advantage to eight.

Shawnee carried over their momentum in the second half. The Braves outscored the Lakers 24-8 in the third quarter for a 48-24 lead.

The Braves, who won the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division title this winter, continued to pad their lead in the final stanza.

“We had a hard time making shots,” said Starr. “Shawnee is long and athletic, and they had a lot to do with that.”

Jaden Greenwood led Shawnee with a game-high 19 points, including five three-pointers. Williams finished with 17 points.

Christian Grider had a team-high 13 points for the Lakers. Jalon Tuttle added nine points.

The Lakers won just six games this season, but Starr was pleased with the progress he saw. His team won three of its final five regular-season contests.

“I am very proud of our guys,” said Starr. “We’ve talked a lot about what it takes to get better. One of the things we have to continue to work on is our skill level. You have to be able to pass, dribble and shoot if you want to compete with the top teams in our conference. Once we improve our skill level we will be more competitive.”

Shawnee advances to play Greenon in the sectional semifinal round Wednesday.

SPRING. SHAWNEE 66, INDIAN LAKE 31

INDIAN LAKE (6-17)

Tuttle 3 3-6 9; Hulbert 0 0-1 0; Grider 5 3-5 13; Lump 1 0-0 3; Wurster 1 0-0 2; Roby 2 0-0 4. Totals: 12 6-12 31.

SHAWNEE (21-2)

Tincher 1 0-0 2; Satterfield 1 0-0 2; Young 1 0-0 2; Barnett 2 0-0 4; Greenwood 7 0-0 19; Williams 8 1-1 17; Nelson 2 1-2 5; Sawyer 6 0-0 12; Elliott 1 1-1 3. Totals: 29 3-4 66.

Lakers    7    9    8    7      —     31

Braves    11    13    24    18    —    66

Three pointers: Indian Lake 1 (Lump); Shawnee 5 (Greenwood 5). Team fouls: Indian Lake 12; Shawnee 12.

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