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Eagles hit 4th-quarter drought vs. Borden

Eagles hit 4th-quarter drought vs. Borden
Eagles hit 4th-quarter drought vs. Borden
LanesvilleÂ’s Justin MIller, top photo, backs down a Borden defender in the paint for a shot attempt last Tuesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Lanesville withstood run after run from the Borden Braves in the Class A Borden Sectional opener, but it couldn’t slow the final one in the fourth quarter.
The Braves held the Eagles to zero field goals in the final frame to take a 53-35 victory last Tuesday.
Holding a 23-22 lead at halftime, Lanesville looked to upset the No. 3 ranked Braves. Out of the locker, Borden stole the Lanesville inbound pass and converted two points. Brandon Beam’s offensive put-back on the Braves’ next possession gave Borden a 26-23 lead.
Battling back, Lanesville’s Caleb Caldwell buried a trey to tie the game. From that point in the third quarter, the teams traded buckets, knotting the score on three more occasions. A Kevin Zollman field goal made it 32-all until Beam followed with a trey.
Garrett Vick closed the third quarter with a field goal to give Borden a 37-32 lead.
Following a Zollman blocked shot, the Eagles tallied two points with free throws from Justin Miller. From that point (6:17 to play), Borden spread the court out and milked the clock. Neither team scored again until 3:50 to play when Vick put Borden ahead 39-34.
Additional field goals from Billy Kirchgessner and Jalen McCoy pressed the Braves’ lead to 43-34.
Lanesville, meanwhile, couldn’t get a basket to fall. Inside the final two minutes, the Braves hit 10 of 12 free throws to seal the game. Miller scored Lanesville’s final point, a free throw at the 1:47 mark.
The loss closed Lanesville’s season with an 8-13 record.
Borden jumped out fast ahead from the opening tip, leading 9-2. Lanesville rallied back with field goals from Alex Ansman and a triple from Caldwell to tie it at 9.
Going on another spurt in the second quarter, Beam scored a field goal to press the Braves ahead, 20-15.
Lanesville rallied back by going inside with points from Zollman and Miller. Caldwell was later fouled on a drive along the baseline. His free throws gave Lanesville a 21-20 lead. The Eagles eventually led 23-22 at halftime.
In the end, the Braves were too tough in the fourth quarter and held off Lanesville.
Miller was the lone Eagle in double figures, scoring 11 points. Caldwell, a senior, had nine. Zollman also contributed nine points.
Beam paced Borden with 16 points, followed by 11 each from Kirchgessner and Vick.
The Eagles will graduate four seniors from the 8-13 team: Ian Herrington, Austin Dauphinee, Austin Brown and Caldwell.