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FORT BRANCH—Gibson Southern hit 60.5 percent from the field to beat Tell City 61-58 in overtime in PAC boys basketball Saturday.
The Titans scored all 20 of their two-point field goals on layups—some on drives, some on backdoor cuts, two on offensive rebounds, and one on a fast break off a Tell City turnover.
When Tell City played a zone defense, the Titans would make several passes to try to spread the zone out and then attack the middle with a pass or drive.
Against man-to-man defense, they often made successful backdoor cuts.
“Our weak-side (defenders) didn’t get into the lane like they’re supposed to,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “And we still have a problem seeing the ball and our man.”
Despite the Titans’ high percentage shooting, Tell City stayed in the game to the end.
The Marksmen hit their first seven shots of the third quarter—four of them three-pointers by Sean Flannagan—to pull within one point, 37-36.
They took a two-point lead twice in the fourth quarter, the last time on a steal and layup by Trent Gunn with 1:22 left in regulation.
Gibson Southern tied the score on two free throws—after beating a Tell City defender on a backdoor cut—to send the game into overtime.
Tell City took a one-point lead twice in overtime. But then Gibson Southern scored seven consecutive points on an inside cut and 5 of 8 free-throw shooting to put the game away.
Flannagan led Tell City with 25 points, including 7 of 11 three-point shooting.
“We went inside first—that’s the difference,” Hayes said of Flannagan’s hot perimeter shooting. “When we just pass it around the perimeter, we’re not very good three-point shooters.”
Senior forward Jake Ziliak scored 18 points to lead three Titans in double figures.
Zach Zeabart grabbed nine rebounds as the Titans won the board battle 27-19. Shane Weedman and Alex Cole each pulled down five for Tell City.
Tell City fell to 4-12 overall, 1-5 in the PAC. Gibson Southern improved to 8-9 overall, 4-1 in the conference.
The Marksmen will visit Evansville North tonight at 7:30.
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Gibson Southern won the junior varsity game 52-40.
Chris Kohnert had 12 points and five assists for Tell City. Dayne Seibert and Nick Kleaving each added seven points and Brad Leibering grabbed seven rebounds.