Caleb Giles hit the gym to practice his shooting Monday and Tuesday mornings.
“I think that helped out a lot,” he said.
Did it ever.
Giles hit four key 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points to help lead the Lancers to an 82-78 double-overtime victory against visiting Indian Creek in an opening-round game of the Johnson County Tournament.
“This is probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in,” Giles said.
Coaches, players and fans were treated to a gem Tuesday night. With a charged atmosphere rivaling a deep post-season game, the contest featured 15 lead changes and 13 ties. The largest lead was Edinburgh by five points.
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But the Lancers (7-1) found themselves down four points with under a minute to play in the first overtime. That’s when Giles stepped up again and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to force another stanza.
“When Giles made the three to force the second overtime, I thought that now the momentum was on our side,” said Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer. “I thought going into the second overtime it was ours to lose.”
Giles drilled his final 3-pointer with 1:33 left in the second overtime to give Edinburgh its last lead of the game.
“He’s somebody we depend on to make big plays for us,” said Glentzer. “And he’s somebody who is one of our best shooters.”
Giles also drained a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in regulation to give Edinburgh a 65-62 lead. Indian Creek senior Matthew Wray, who finished with a team-high 25 points of 11-of-13 shooting, answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession to force the first overtime.
“Each time each team thought they had it, it slipped away from both of us a couple of times,” said Glentzer.
Edinburgh had 22 offensive rebounds as senior Nate King led the way with 15 boards to go with his 11 points.
Indian Creek coach Derek Perry was pleased with the Braves’ offense, but not the rebounding.
“I didn’t think that we deserved to win that game because we gave up so many offensive rebounds,” he said. “That was No. 1 in the scouting report for the week, that we would win the rebounding edge, not give them so many second-chance opportunities.”
Edinburgh senior Riley Price scored 21 points.
Freshman Cameron Smith added 21 for the Braves (8-3) with junior Austin Smith scoring 18.
Edinburgh has won six straight games and hosts Franklin at 6 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal.