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NEW HARMONY—Cannelton’s well balanced offensive performance in regulation was not enough to overcome poor free-throw shooting in overtime as New Harmony beat the Bulldogs 66-61 in boys basketball Friday.
Justin Dooley hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation to give the Bulldogs a 53-51 lead.
But New Harmony took control in overtime, ending the game with an 8-1 run in the final 80 seconds.
Tyler Aud led the Bulldogs with 20 points. T.J. James, Dillon Powers and Ethan Herzog each added 10.
“We had good offensive balance, but I expect those things offensively,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “We have enough shooters on the floor that when one option of our offense is taken away there should be other options available.
“Justin did a real nice job getting the three-pointer that gave us the lead, but we didn’t hold onto it.”
Cannelton stayed close to the Rappites throughout the game, trailing by four at the half and by three at the end of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs took their first lead, 45-43, with 6:08 left in the game on an inside jumper by Dillon Powers.
But poor free-throw shooting dogged Cannelton all night. They missed 10 of 25 free throws.
They were also outrebounded 36-24, which erased their five-turnover advantage over the Rappites.
“I think our kids came into this game thinking New Harmony was going to lay down for us,” said Garrett.
“I thought our kids did a nice job of coming back at the end and actually taking the lead, but we relaxed on defense. That’s the kind of thing if we want to be a good team we can’t do. We have to keep up the intensity we had before.”
James grabbed eight rebounds and Powers seven for the Bulldogs.
Robert Perry led New Harmony with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Cannelton fell to 1-6 while New Harmony improved to 2-5.
The Bulldogs will face Bethel Christian on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Cannelton won the junior varsity game 31-27, improving to 2-5.