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MEDORA—Cannelton lost a 10-point lead but came back with strong defense to beat Medora 71-69 in overtime in boys basketball Saturday.
The Bulldogs led 40-30 in the middle of the third quarter but “we got a little too aggressive” and “took a lot of forced shots,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.
Medora took a 57-56 lead on a basket by center Roy Edwards in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
Brandon Cook made a steal and a layup to put the Bulldogs up 60-58 with 0:45 left in regulation. Edwards replied with a basket to send the game into overtime.
Cannelton built a 70-66 lead on two free throws by Cook in the final minute of overtime.
Medora replied with a three-pointer, but Cannelton freshman Damon Powers then hit 1 of 2 free throws and Medora was unable to score again.
“The big thing was we hit our free throws (16 of 20 for the game),” said Garrett, adding they have worked on them a lot at lunch time on recent school days.
“We played very well in overtime,” he added. “When Quinn (Duke, Cannelton’s center) fouled out (in the middle of the fourth quarter), we put Hunter Herzog on Edwards, who’s about 6-5, and Hunter did an excellent defensive job on him.”
Cook led Cannelton with 36 points on 13 of 26 field-goal shooting and 10 of 12 free throws. He also had eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.
“Brandon had another good game,” said Garrett.
Tristan Simmons added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Herzog grabbed 13 rebounds.
Cannelton played without starting forward-guard Elijah Littles, who was out of town for his grandfather’s funeral, but Garrett said freshman Powers did a good job handling the ball while playing a lot of minutes in his place.
Edwards led Medora with 23 points and nine rebounds. He hit 9 of 21 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws.
Cannelton improved to 7-8 while Medora fell to 1-12.
The Bulldogs will visit Hancock County Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Cook, who moved from Hancock County after his sophomore season, has scored 988 points for the Bulldogs and could go over 1,000 for them against his former school.