RC slips past Rebels
Restoration Christian’s first win in an IHSAA basketball tournament was put on hold last year when Lanesville toppled the heavily-favored Lions.
Restoration took on another Harrison County school on Wednesday night in the sectional quarterfinal at Borden, this time coming away with a win in most unconventional fashion.
Actually, ‘ugly’ doesn’t even begin to describe the narrow victory.
The Lions won, 48-45, against South Central despite hitting just two field goals in the second half.
In the game’s final 15 seconds, the Rebels had several chances to pull out the win.
Trailing 46-43, senior Chad McRae scored inside to make it a one point game. South fouled Cameron Gilkey, who hit the front end of two frees. The second toss clanked off the rim and Richard Oliver came down with the rebound for Restoration.
Gilkey was fouled again, this time missing both free throws with his team up, 47-45.
On the second miss, the ball squirted through the hands of two South players and eventually into Gilkey’s hands.
Gilkey hit one of two free throws, and then a half-courter by McRae bounced off the front of the iron to seal the victory.
‘We had our opportunities,’ South coach Greg Robinson said. ‘That game was just a perfect example of how our year has been. At times we played well and at other times we were making mistakes that we were making the first week of practice.’
The Rebels led just twice in the game, 3-2 and 5-4. From there, Restoration took command and led by as many as 13 points.
McRae, Dustin Hornickel, James Higdon and Cody Jobe sparked the big comeback by South Central, which finished the season at 7-15.
McRae finished with 16 points, followed by Jobe’s 11, Hornickel’s seven, Higdon’s eight and three by James Crosier.
South Central shot 19 of 51 for the game, including a poor 4-of-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Rebels were 4-of-15 on treys and hit only three of 11 tries from the line (they were 0-5 in the fourth).
Restoration dominated the glass, 41-24, but committed 11 more turnovers, 25-14.
Gilkey paced his team with 13 points and Oliver had 11.
The Lions were 15 of 38 from the floor, 5-of-11 on threes and 13 of 25 from the line (7-of-16 in the fourth quarter).