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TELL CITY—Tell City got some key scoring from reserves inside and outside to beat North Posey 66-54 in PAC boys basketball Saturday.
Playing just 17 hours after a physical game with Heritage Hills concluded, the Marksmen displayed good hustle and energy, making 16 steals.
But they still trailed 35-32 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Then reserves Mike Maddle and Jamal Noland led a 21-10 Tell City run that put the Marksmen up 53-45 with 3:14 left in the game.
Maddle hit three three-point shots in that streak and Noland added six points on two inside baskets and two free throws after being fouled on a strong inside move.
Catching the ball in the lane better than he did early in the season, Noland took it strongly to the basket nearly every time he got it.
“We wanted to kind of exploit that a little bit because (North Posey star center John) Marvel had four fouls (during part of Tell City’s run),” said Tell City Coach John Hayes.
Maddle’s outside shooting helped greatly because the Vikings were tightly guarding Tell City’s top perimeter shooting starters, Andy Chinn and Jordan Rhodes.
Chinn got off only four three-point shots (making two) and Rhodes was 1 for 3 from beyond the arc.
Maddle did not play in the first half but hit his first three three-point attempts after entering the game in the third quarter.
“When he can do that, how much more dangerous does that make us?” said Hayes.
Though Chinn didn’t get many outside shots, he made some nice drives and led the Marksmen with 22 points, including hitting 10 of 10 free throws.
Rhodes added 11 points and Maddle and Noland each scored nine.
Junior forward Bryce Pearson led North Posey with 12 points and Marvel added 11.
Tell City hit 24 of 27 free throws and outshot the Vikings from the field 47.4 percent to 44.7 percent.
North Posey won the rebound battle 28-21. But Tell City had a 13-12 edge in the second half.
Jesse Stow grabbed seven rebounds for the Marksmen while Pearson had six for the Vikings.
Tell City improved to 7-13 overall, 2-6 in the PAC. North Posey fell to 8-11, 2-5 in the conference.
The Marksmen will host Evansville Day Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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North Posey won the junior varsity game 38-32.
Shane Weedman led 12-7 Tell City with 13 points and five rebounds. Sean Flannagan added 11 points and Tyler Dauby had four assists.