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Free throws lift Woodmen to victory in OT

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Junior Nate Jones scored only two points Friday night, but they were the two most-important points of the game for the Greenwood boys basketball team.

Jones hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Woodmen to a 64-62 victory against visiting Shelbyville.

As part of the school’s varsity basketball alumni celebration, the game was played at Greenwood Middle School.

Junior Jaren Hornbeak led all scorers with 24 points as the Woodmen (2-10) won for the second time in their last three games.

“We need a lot from Jaren and he’s starting to understand what we need him to do,” Greenwood coach Bruce Hensley said. “He’s becoming more confident.”

But Hornbeak wasn’t the only double-digit scorer for the Woodmen. Senior Raddell Waddy added 20 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while junior Brandon Petty chipped in 11 points.

As a team, Greenwood hit 24 of its 51 field goal attempts, including 11 of 21 from 3-point range.

“I really like the way we battled tonight,” Hensley said. “Everybody contributed. They did what they needed to do to win the game.”

Greenwood trailed by four points early in overtime but tied the game with back-to-back buckets from Hornbeak.

The Golden Bears (3-11) led by one point after a free throw by junior Jake Laker but the Woodmen took the lead for good when Waddy drained a 3-point shot with 51 seconds remaining.

Juniors Adam Eads and Reilly Reinbold each scored 14 points for Shelbyville, while senior center Ethan Runnebohm chipped in 12 points.

Despite trailing throughout most of the first two quarters, a 3-point shot by Hornbeak as time expired in the opening half tied the game at 31, prior to halftime.

“I have to give our guys credit for hanging in there this season,” Hensley said. “Now, they’re starting to reap the rewards.”

Greenwood hosts Roncalli tonight.

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