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TELL CITY—Jordan Myers’ strong low-post scoring led Forest Park past Tell City 77-73 in PAC boys basketball Saturday.
Myers, a 6-foot-8 senior center who has signed to play for Southern Illinois University, hit 14 of 17 shots from two-point range, all from within 8 feet of the basket.
He also made 1 of 4 from three-point range as he finished with 32 points.
But in crunch time in the fourth quarter he operated exclusively down low, and the smaller Marksmen could not stop him.
“He’s 6-8 and we’re 6-2 and he’s a skilled player,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “He’s got nice moves and soft hands.”
Tell City, with strong scoring from guards Corey Young and Andy Chinn, led most of the first half and was still within two with four minutes left in the game after Kevin Rhodes hit a three-pointer and Jason Hackbarth hit a 17-foot baseline jumper.
But Myers scored the Rangers’ next six points as they built their lead to 72-67 with 2:01 left.
They led by at least three the rest of the way.
Young scored 23 points for Tell City and Chinn added 22. Hackbarth came off the bench to contribute 10.
Young scored seven baskets on drives to the lane, beating his defender every time.
“He is quick and he’s quick with the ball, so we were going to keep running that because they couldn’t stop him,” said Hayes.
Young was quicker than his defender. But for some reason the defender frequently overplayed him toward the free-throw line instead of the base line and the Rangers’ weak-side help was slow coming.
Tell City outshot the Rangers from the field 52.9 percent to 46.0 percent.
But the Rangers won the rebounding battle 31-28 as Myers and guard Nathan Bromm each grabbed seven. Chinn led Tell City with seven.
Though the Marksmen lost, Hayes thinks they could reverse the outcome if they meet again in the sectional.
“We made some mistakes at crucial times,” he said. “We didn’t cover the out-of-bounds play like we should (Myers made one wide open 7-foot baseline shot on such a play), we fouled a guy and gave him a three-point play, and we didn’t hold the ball for the last shot of the first half when we were supposed to.
“But we won’t make those mistakes later on.”
Tell City fell to 2-1 while this was Forest Park’s season opener.
The Marksmen will host Southridge Friday at 7 p.m.
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Forest Park won the junior varsity game 38-36.
Shane Weedman had 10 points and five rebounds, Trent Gunn nine points and four assists, and Sean Flannagan eight points and three blocks for Tell City, 1-2.