HCHS staves off Titan fourth-quarter rally
HARLAN (Dec. 15) -- Knocking down six straight free throws in the final minute, the Harlan Community boys basketball team held off Lewis Central’s fourth-quarter rally and stayed unbeaten Friday night with a 52-49 win over the Titans.
Playing most of the game without second-leading scorer Brett Sears, who sprained an ankle in the first quarter, the 7th-ranked (3A) Cyclones still managed to build a 37-24 lead going to the fourth. LC pulled within a point down the stretch but HCHS did just enough to improve its record to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference with one game left before the holiday break.
“We had to fight and claw our way to hold them off,” said HCHS head coach Mitch Osborn. “Their run and jump pressure created some problems for us but once we got through it we made good decisions. Jared Moser was outstanding in the fourth quarter as he hit two three-pointers along with some crucial free throws down the stretch.”
The Cyclones overcame 19 turnovers on the night (LC had 11) by outrebounding the Titans 32-23 and blocking nine shots defensively. Jacob Hansen had five of the blocks to go along with his 14-point, 10-rebound double-double. Shane Chamberlain scored a game-high 18 points while Moser finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Moser and Chamberlain combined to make six treys in 10 attempts for the game and HCHS shot 44 percent overall.
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