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By LARRY GOFFINET
BOONVILLE—Tell City’s cold start and North Posey forward Cody Ungetheim’s hot second half helped the Vikings beat the Marksmen 70-58 in Class 2A boys basketball first-round sectional action Tuesday.
The Marksmen hit only 4 of 13 from the field and committed seven turnovers in the first quarter as they fell behind 15-9.
Turnovers continued to be a problem for both teams—Tell City finished with 23 and North Posey 20.
But the Marksmen hit 19 of 33 from the field the rest of the way as they tried to get back into the game.
They never got closer than six points, though, and never closer than 10 after Ungetheim scored the first basket of the third quarter.
Ungetheim scored 14 points in the second half and finished 10 for 12 from the field for a game-high 20 points.
He hit an 18-footer out front for the first basket of the game, but all his other field goals came inside on baseline drives, post-up moves, or in transition.
He scored eight points in the first 51⁄2 minutes of the second half as the Vikings expanded their lead to 47-30.
Tell City scored the next seven points to pull back within 10 with 0:04 left in the third quarter.
A drive by Brennan Malone, a three-pointer by Drew Mowery after a steal by Reese Miller, and a drive by Miller fueled that rally.
Then North Posey’s Bryce Martin hit a 48-foot three-pointer from backcourt at the third-quarter buzzer to put momentum back on the Vikings’ side. It was his only field goal of the game.
It seemed to be that kind of game, where whatever could go right for North Posey did and whatever could go wrong for Tell City did.
Three really quick technical fouls and a controversial intentional foul against the Marksmen—all called by Warren Smith—didn’t help their cause either.
Those calls combined to give the Vikings eight free throws and three extra possessions (one technical and the intentional foul were called together).
The technicals were called against Grant Sanders, Coach Brent Owen and Brennan Malone—the first technical of the season for each.
Malone’s was called when Sanders was fouled hard from behind on an inside shot with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Malone said he didn’t say anything but merely crossed his arms to indicate he thought it should be an intentional foul.
He had been called for an intentional foul 1:23 earlier when he was trying to knock the ball away from a Viking in transition.
Owen said an official told him that Malone “with one hand made a play on the ball but with his other hand shoved him, so that made it an intentional foul. Which is incorrect if he’s making a play on the ball.”
Malone led Tell City with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He had a double-double—10 points and 10 rebounds—by halftime.
“I think he improved every day for the two years that I was fortunate to coach him,” said Owen.
Hunter Rowe had 10 points and three steals. Mowery and Gant Miller each scored nine.
Tell City outrebounded North Posey 24-20. Ungetheim grabbed six for the Vikings.
But the Vikings hit 56.4 percent from the field.
Tell City finished the season 5-17. North Posey advanced to Friday’s semifinals with an 8-14 record.
“I’m really proud of how hard our guys played,” said Owen. “This program is about more than wins and losses. I’m proud of how our seniors have handled a tough hand they’ve been dealt for the last four years. And I believe the perseverance they learned will help them be successful in life.”