Braves use run for win: Defense difference in fieldhouse game


Indian Creeks Cameron Smith dives for a loose ball as he defends South Decatur's Chris Johannigman during Indian Creeks 64-54 victory in the Fieldhouse Challenge Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Last week against the No. 1 team in Class 3A, the Indian Creek boys basketball team was on the wrong end of an 11-0 run to start the game.

Thursday afternoon, the Braves put together a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game and hand Mid-Hoosier Conference rival South Decatur its first loss of the season.

Class 3A Indian Creek stayed perfect in conference play with a 64-55 win against the Class A No. 16 Cougars at Bankers Life Field­­house.

South Decatur senior Byron Balser collected a long offensive rebound and drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 49-all with 3:12 to play. But the Cougars (8-1, 0-1 Mid-Hoosier) would not score again until less than a minute remained.

Indian Creek senior Matthew Wray started the decisive run with a driving layup that put the Braves back up by two.

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