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LINCOLN CITY—Tell City hit only 27.1 percent from the field and lost to Heritage Hills 64-56 in PAC boys basketball Friday.
“We had by far our worst shooting night, so they defended well,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes.
Using a swarming man-to-man defense, the Patriots rarely allowed Tell City scoring leader Andy Chinn an open look at the basket. They held him to 1 for 7 three-point shooting.
Still he hit 8 of 19 from the field overall and 11 of 12 free throws for a game-high 28 points.
But the rest of the Marksmen made just 5 of 29 from the field.
Despite the cold shooting, the Marksmen led most of the first three quarters.
They built a 34-27 lead with 21⁄2 minutes left in the third quarter after Chinn scored seven consecutive points on a three-pointer from the wing, two free throws, and a driving 8-foot shot.
Reserve Jeff Echelbarger led a fourth-quarter Patriot comeback, though. He scored 13 points in that quarter after not scoring any in the first three.
He scored the first five points of the fourth quarter on two free throws and a three-pointer on an inbounds play to put the Patriots ahead for good, 39-35.
Tell City trailed by eight with 1:31 left but then scored six points in 15 seconds (two free throws apiece by Jordan Rhodes and Chinn and a steal and a layup by Sean Flannagan) to cut the gap to two.
“At the end I thought we did a good job with our man-to-man pressure,” said Hayes. “But we had a couple of bad turnovers.”
The Patriots hit 8 of 10 free throws the last 1:14 to secure their first victory in their last 15 games.
Junior forward Justin Forshey led them with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
They outrebounded Tell City 38-31. Jamal Noland led the Marksmen with six boards.
Tell City fell to 6-13 overall and 2-5 in the PAC. Heritage Hills improved to 3-16 overall, 1-7 in the conference.
The Marksmen will host Evansville Day Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Tell City won the junior varsity game 42-28 as Shane Weedman had 11 points and five rebounds.
Nick Kleaving added nine points, Alex Cole six rebounds, and Tyler Dauby five assists for the 12-6 Marksmen.