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Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Bedford-North Lawrence HS

Game Date
Dec 11, 2020
Score
OLYMPIANS: 66
BEDFORD-NORTH LAWRENCE HS: 68

Near Miss / Olympians fall just short of first win of season

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Sooner or later, the ball is going to bounce Columbus East’s way.

For the third consecutive game, the Olympians put up a battle Friday night, but they have yet to pick up a victory to show for it. Bedford North Lawrence rallied from a seven-point first-half deficit and fended off a late East challenge to hang on for a 68-66 Hoosier Hills Conference victory.

The Stars (2-2, 1-0) led 59-51 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Olympians (0-4, 0-1) did not go away. They cut the lead to 62-61 on a 3-pointer by Daniel Murphy with 45 seconds remaining.

BNL’s Colten Leach hit two free throws, then after and East turnover, made one more to push the lead to 65-61 with 22 seconds left. East’s Jacob Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to get the lead back to one.

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Columbus East's Daniel Murphy, left, and Bedford North Lawrence's Jackson Miracle vie for the tipoff during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Ben Major, center, dribbles the ball while being guarded by Aden Pemberton during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Tyler Boyer, right, shoots a layup over Bedford North Lawrence's Jackson Miracle during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Daniel Murphy controls a loose ball during a basketball game against Bedford North Lawrence at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Ben Major, left, dribbles while being guarded by Bedford North Lawrence's Aden Pemberton during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Julius Dailey, right, passes the ball under the outstretched leg of Bedford North Lawrence's Kooper Staley during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Daniel Murphy, far right, shoots over Bedford North Lawrence's Kooper Staley during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Tyler Boyer, right, shoots over Bedford North Lawrence's Colten Leach during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Will Rieckers, center, fights to win a rebound against Bedford North Lawrence's Jackson Miracle, left, and Kooper Staley, right, during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Ben Major, center, moves to pass the ball as he dribbles between Bedford North Lawrence's Kaedyn Bennett, left, and Ben Cosner, right, during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Ben Major, right, passes the ball to his teammate Daniel Murphy during a basketball game against Bedford North Lawrence at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Columbus East's Tyler Boyer dribbles the ball up the court during a basketball game against Bedford North Lawrence at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Jacob Pierce

Columbus East's Daniel Murphy, center, dribbles the ball between his legs while being guarded by Bedford North Lawrence's Ben Cosner during a basketball game at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

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The Stars got two free throws from Aden Pemberton with 10 seconds left to push the lead back to three. Pierce was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining and made the first two free throws, but missed the third that would have tied it.

BNL’s Ben Cosner made the second of two free throws with 3.2 seconds left, and Tyler Boyer’s potential game-winner from just inside half-court bounced off the rim.

“I looked kind of good going off my hands, and watching it go, I knew it was going to be short,” Boyer said.

The Olympians got off to a sizzling start, making 8 of 10 from the field in the first quarter to take a 19-13 lead. The Stars’ Kooper Staley then made two technical free throws to begin the second quarter after East coach Brent Chitty sent Casey Bartholomew into the game, but had not entered his name in the scorebook.

“This is on me,” Chitty said. “I didn’t get Casey in the book, and I got a technical foul for it. They gave them two free throws, they hit both of them and that was the difference in the game. I was looking at a different page in the book and didn’t get it checked, and that’s on me, and I take full responsibility for it.”

Still, the Olympians built the lead to seven on five occasions, the last at 31-24 with 2:15 left in the first half. But BNL finished the first half on a 14-1 run and scored the first two points of the second half to take a 40-32 advantage.

“We started off really hot and got a good start, and the second quarter, they just started lighting us up,” Boyer said. “We kind of panicked a little bit and gave them more opportunities to score than we should have, and that cost us in the end.”

Staley torched the Olympians to 21 points in the first half, but East’s Ben Major limited him to five in the second half.

“I thought we played hard enough to win,” Chitty said. “We had a couple lapses. We just made some adjustments, and Benny Major did a great job on (Staley) in the third quarter.”

Staley finished with a game-high 26 points, and Leach added 24 for the Stars.

Pierce led the Olympians with 20 points. Murphy and Boyer each added 15 points and six rebounds.

“It’s always defense,” Pierce said. “Our coach told us at halftime if you want to come back and win this game, we’re going to have to play defense and I thought we improved our defensive play in the second half. Kooper had a really hot shooting night in the first half. We limited him in the second half, and all credit goes to Ben Major there. He stuck on him the entire second half, and he played really hard the second half and really the whole game.”


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