The Indian Lake Lakers trailed most of the night to Benjamin Logan, but somehow find a way to fight back from 9 points down deep in the fourth quarter to surprise the Raiders 67-65 Friday night on WPKO.
Benjamin Logan had a 60-51 lead with 3:30 remaining in the contest. Indian Lake would then end the contest with a 16-5 run.
Dustin Roby hit buckets in the final 30 seconds to give the Lakers the lead (twice). Both baskets were assisted by Jalon Tuttle.
With the game the Raiders up 64-63 with just under a minute remaining the Lakers had the ball and called a timeout. Coach Starr drew up a play with guard Jalon Tuttle getting a high screen from Christian Grider. From there Tuttle would have options with the ball. He drove the right side of the lane and while the Raiders converged on him and Grider, Roby was left wide open under the left side of the bucket. Tuttle fired him the ball and he hit the shot. Back came the Raiders with Blaine Richetts driving the baseline looking for a shot. He was fouled and sent to the line for two shots. Ricketts missed the first and hit the second to tie the game at 65. Indian Lake brought the ball down and called their final timeout with 14 seconds left. Again out of the timeout it was the same play as before, this time to the other side of the floor and again Roby was open on the backside for the game-winning bucket with 1 second left. Benjamin Logan did call timeout and after officials cleared the floor (the fans believed the game was over) the Raiders tried one desperation play. A long pass play across halfcourt was tipped to Ricketts who got a good look at a 28 foot shot and at the buzzer the shot was wide left and the Lakers celebrated a 67-65 victory.
(Pictured: Benjamin at Indian Lake)
Roby received Steve Austin's Auto Group Player of the Game honors for his late-game heroics and tallied 8 points. Christian Grider scored 21, Brennon Lump had 13, and Jalon Tuttle and Cole Wurster each contributed 11 for the Lakers.
For Benjamin Logan, Blaine Ricketts scored 21 points, Jordan Sosby recorded 17 (12 in the second half), and Austin Ahle added 15.
On the night the Lakers were 11-for-14 at the free-throw line and the Raiders were 13-for-25 from the charity stripe.
Indian Lake improves to 6-15 and hosts Bellefontaine Saturday on 1390 WBLL.
The Raiders fall to 4-18.
The Bellefontaine varsity boys beat Dayton Stebbins 44-37 on 1390 WBLL.
The visiting Chiefs went on a 16-6 run to close out the game.
Logan Mitchell was named Steve Austin's Auto Group Player of the Game with 9 points, including a key putback to give the Chiefs a three-point cushion with just over a minute remaining in the game.
AJ Gorham tallied 9 points and Matt Gump added 8 points.
The Chiefs improve to 11-10 and Dayton Stebbins drops to 6-15 on the season.
Listen to the complete post-game with Bellefontaine Coach Henry Stolly.
The West Liberty-Salem varsity boys defeated Triad 67-53.
For the Tigers, Landon Hormann scored 27 points, Max Bailey recorded 13 points, and Connor Woods added 11 points.
The Tigers improve to 17-5 and 12-2 in league play.
The West Liberty-Salem JV boys beat Triad 34-17.
Cole Wilson scored 8 points.
The JV Tigers climb to 16-6.