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LYNNVILLE—Tell City Coach John Hayes thought the Marksmen did several things wrong in their 63-57 PAC boys basketball loss to Tecumseh Friday.
But he laid most of the blame on their cold free-throw shooting.
The Marksmen hit only 9 of 17 at the line and missed four front ends of one-and-bonus situations.
The Marksmen shot free throws well in the first half (5 for 7). But turnovers plagued them (eight in the first quarter) as they went into halftime trailing 29-23.
They had several chances to cut into Tecumseh’s lead in the second half. But in a 10:45 span they missed five consecutive free throws, including two front ends of one-and-ones.
Then they hit three free throws in a row--one by Trent Gunn and two by Shane Weedman. And Gunn made a steal and a layup to pull them within two points of the Braves, 56-54, with 1:40 left.
After Tecumseh’s Kyle Fischer made 1 of 2 free throws, Tell City missed two shots on one possession.
Adam Westerman then made two free throws for the Braves with 0:59 left and they led by at least five the rest of the way.
Tecumseh outshot Tell City from the field 48.5 percent to 40.0 percent, as no one had a hot night from the perimeter for the Marksmen. They were 4 for 17 from three-point range.
“And in one stretch in the second quarter we shot threes on five out of six possessions,” noted Hayes. “I told them to get the ball in to the post.”
Sean Flannagan, who scored on some nice drives, and center Shane Weedman led Tell City with 13 points apiece. Tyler Dauby added 11.
Weedman grabbed nine rebounds and Dauby seven as the Marksmen edged the Braves 30-29 on the boards.
Fischer led Tecumseh with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Tell City fell to 2-4 overall, 0-3 in the PAC. Tecumseh improved to 2-4 overall, 1-0 in the conference.
Tell City will play Corydon in the first round of the PSC Holiday Classic at Tell City 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
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Tell City won the junior varsity game 35-33 on Greg Hollinden’s driving basket with six seconds left.
Brian Arnold led the 3-2 Marksmen with 14 points. Brad Leibering added eight points and seven rebounds and Trent Benningfield had four assists.