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Glomb bomb launches Eagles

Lanesville not only had defensive stands when it needed it, but also a few timely shots against Northeast Dubois in the second game of the Class A Loogootee Regional morning session Saturday.
The Eagles entered the fourth quarter down 40-36 in a game that was back and forth much of the way. In the fourth, Eagle senior Andy Glomb came up with all eight of his points inside the final 5-1/2 minutes, leading to a 55-46 Eagle win.
His biggest bucket was a 3-pointer that gave Lanes-ville the lead for good, 44-42. The trey lifted the Lanesville crowd into screaming applause and ignited a flurry of Eagle pressure.
‘Just hitting that, it felt like it got us going,’ Glomb said. ‘It felt like we were down the whole time. It just gave us the run we needed.’
‘A big 3-pointer, huge,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘That gave us some momentum going down that stretch. Then we got a lot of stops. It was a time, it may have been six or seven possessions, where neither team scored. You have to have stops and we did, but you have to score. And when he hit that three, you could see the whole team pick up energy. (Glomb) had a good game and knocked free throws down.’
Glomb extended the lead to 46-42 when he sank a pair of free throws. Northeast Dubois and the Eagles then traded baskets to leave Lanesville up, 48-46. On a key defensive possession, the Eagles poked a loose ball away from Northeast Dubois. Lanesville senior Brandon Mullens came up with the free ball.
The time of possession then belonged to the Eagles. Northeast Dubois had trouble getting the ball up court and were shut out the final 2:03 of the game.
Lanesville was 13 of 14 at the free-throw line for the game, including 10 of 11 in the final frame.
‘We hit free throws when we had to,’ Glomb said. ‘When we got on the run, we didn’t want to look back; we wanted to bury them. We started to move in transition later, too, which better suits what we want to do.’
After Nick Hammond hit a pair with 29.5 seconds left to go up 50-46, Lanesville forced a turnover to get the ball back. Hammond then hit two more free throws before Chris Gayhart stole the inbound pass, essentially sealing the Eagles’ spot in the regional final.
‘You want the lead going into the final few minutes so you can hold the ball a little bit and make them chase you around,’ Miller said. ‘We then hit some timely free throws down the stretch.’
Hammond scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Bryant Conder added 11 points to go with Glomb’s eight.
Miller said he felt the Eagles picking up the pace on the defensive end, providing the extra effort.
‘We finally started to play some defense,’ Miller said. ‘Up to that point, our defense hadn’t been real stellar at all. We got enough stops and made enough baskets down the stretch. I think our depth hurt them a little bit. They played seven, and we went nine and kind of got them wore down a bit.’
Lanesville opened the game with a 6-1 run and led 15-13 after the first quarter. The second quarter was largely back and forth. Hammond provided the lift late in the half when he converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. The senior followed with a 2-point field goal to give the Eagles a 28-25 upper hand at halftime.
Northeast Dubois took a 40-34 lead in the third quarter when it broke off a 12-2 run.
Lanesville, however, found the extra gear in the fourth quarter to take the win and reach the second regional final in four years.
Northeast Dubois (10-14) was led in scoring by Brock Reckelhoff’s 11 points.
‘They have been playing well,’ Miller said of the Jeeps. ‘Their record isn’t indicative of how solid of a team they are. We knew it was a tough match-up because they were 7-1 in their last eight games.’
Lanesville moved to 15-10 on the season.
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