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December 31, 2013 | 09:51 AM

The South Central boys' basketball team was unable to come away with a victory at the Gibson County Classic despite a pair of close efforts.

In a tournament split around Christmas Day, the Rebels had a shot at victory at one of the host schools, Gibson Southern, on Dec. 23.

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Converting a lay-in after a steal is South Central's Nick Wemes. The guard finished with 15 points against Mount Carmel (Ill.). Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Despite a four-point lead late in the game for South Central, Gibson Southern was able to grind out points late and come away with a 63-58 victory.

Zach Goodwin led the Rebels in scoring with 23 points.

Following the holiday, South Central met the second team in its pool, Mount Carmel (Ill.), at the eight-team event Thursday. Nailing 3-pointers by Ben Cunningham kept the Rebels within striking distance in the opening half. Although Mount Carmel led 24-9 in the first quarter, South Central ended the frame on a 9-3 run to get the game back to a single-digit deficit.

Nick Wemes, who had 15 points, hit a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter to trim Mount Carmel's lead to 35-28.

South Central was able to get the margin down to six, but a 6-0 run by the Aces increased their lead to 44-32 at the break.

In the second half, Mount Carmel put some distance and kept it there on the scoreboard, closing out a 71-54 win. Cunningham hit four 3-pointers to lead South Central in scoring with 19 points. The Rebels struggled on the glass, getting outrebounded, 41-23.

Reece Metcalf led the Aces with 24 points.

The final game of pool play, South Central was outmatched against undefeated Class 4A foe Evansville Reitz. The Rebels were held to four first-half points before reaching the 73-35 final score on Friday.

Saturday marked the placement games within the tournament. South Central met its second team from Illinois, Lawrenceville, but still wasn't able to gain a victory. Lawrenceville outlasted the Rebels, 52-50, to leave South Central 0-4 at the event. Reitz went on to defeat Castle, 91-84, in two overtimes to claim the title.

South Central, which dropped to 1-8, seeks to end the skid with a pair of road games this week, heading to Switzerland County on Friday, then Trinity Lutheran on Saturday. Both varsity games will tip at 7:30 p.m.

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