FTs key Tell City win

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Tell City hit 27 free throws to beat North Harrison 57-50 in the first round of the PSC Holiday Classic boys basketball tourney Friday.

Tell City actually went to the line for 44 free throws, as referees Michael Benham and Otis Broughton called 32 personal fouls and one technical foul (on a coach for saying Benham was “horrible”) on North Harrison.

The Marksmen missed 16 foul shots, though, and had another attempt taken away by a lane violation.

So Coach John Hayes was not happy with their percentage at the line. “We were shooting 77 percent on free throws before our last two games,” he noted.

But he had to be pleased with their quantity of free throws, as that made up for their lack of low-post offense, an off shooting game by leading scorer Andy Chinn, and their getting outrebounded 36-25.

North Harrison scored five baskets directly off offensive rebounds in the first three quarters and tied the score 36-36 with 7:47 left in the game.

The Marksmen hit 6 of 10 free throws in the next 50 seconds, though, to build a 42-36 lead.

The Cougars’ technical came in that span and all the rest were two-shot fouls because the Cougars had been charged with their 10th foul of the half just 4:23 into the third quarter.

Tell City led the rest of the way, though North Harrison did pull within one point once on a rebound basket by Lincoln Jones.

“We’re just not rebounding very well,” said Hayes. “They do have some athletes, though, and they hit the boards aggressively. When I saw them beat Corydon at Corydon, they were very aggressive in that game.”

Jarod Richards, the 10th player in the game for the Cougars, grabbed nine rebounds and Jones added seven.

Chinn and Jason Hackbarth each grabbed six rebounds for Tell City and Andy Brunner added five.

Brunner had not played at all in the Marksmen’s previous five games and did not play in the first half of this one.

But Hayes started him in the second half “because I’m tired of the fact we’re not getting any rebounds. I know he’ll give us everything he’s got.

“I told him (at halftime) we were going to give him an opportunity tonight and I told him after the game he’s earned another opportunity tomorrow night.”

The Marksmen’s other four low-post players combined for only three rebounds.

The five of them combined, including Brunner, were 1 for 3 from the field, as they couldn’t generate any inside offense against the taller Cougars.

Chinn’s perimeter shooting often makes up for the Marksmen’s lack of low-post offense. But he was 3 for 16 from the field, including 0 of 6 from three-point range.

Hayes said he wasn’t off badly though. “How many of his shots were in and out?”

Chinn did hit 10 of 15 free throws as he tied teammate Jordan Rhodes for game scoring honors with 16 points. Corey Young added 15.

Jones led the Cougars with 13 points.

Tell City improved to 4-3 while North Harrison fell to 1-5.