The Edinburgh boys basketball team pulled down the curtain on its 2013-14 regular season schedule with a thrilling 54-50 overtime win against host Brown County on Thursday night.
With the win, the Class A Lancers improved their record to 12-7, while the Class 3A Eagles fell to 3-14.
With the game knotted at 46-all at the end of regulation, Edinburgh was quick to get the tip, which fell into the hands of sophomore guard Collin Hoskins, who took it in for a go-ahead layup.
Hoskins, who played his freshman year at Brown County, added two free throws on the next possession to give the Lancers a 50-46 lead.
The Eagles on their next possession made good on a layup by senior Dion Boknecht to cut the Lancers’ lead to two points at 50-48.
Junior guard Matt Heagy, who hit two huge 3-pointers in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, sank two free throws to put the Lancers in front to stay at 52-48.
Brown County’s Matt Adams got to the free-throw line with 1:02 left in the game and made both, but that’s as close as the Eagles would get.
As nerve-wracking as it was, Edinburgh fourth-year coach Drew Glentzer recognizes that these are the kind of games the Lancers are in for next week in the sectional.
“The team has gradually improved all season in just about all categories,” he said. “Our field goal and free-throw percentages have gone up, and our turnovers have gone done. Obviously, this is a good time of the year to make all these things happen.”
Meanwhile, Brown County, despite its record, was in this regular-season finale from beginning to end.
“We’ve played pretty consistent all year; we’re just not a very good shooting team,” said Eagles coach Roger Fleetwood.
“While we’ve had six or seven games where we shot 25 percent or less, we’ve gotten to the fourth quarter and still had a chance to win.”
Brown County improved its shooting in a big way Thursday.
Leading the way with a game-high 27 points was senior Luke Huls, which included 12 of 15 free throws and a team-high eight rebounds.
Coming out of the break at halftime with the Eagles down by three at 28-25, the Lancers ran into turnover troubles, giving up the basketball six times.
With Huls getting to the free-throw line, Brown County finally got its first lead of the game at 34-31 at the end of third quarter, limiting the Lancers to only three points.
The game was tied four times in the fourth quarter, but those two 3-pointers by Heagy helped the Lancers get back in the game.
Senior center Dakota Sneed, who finished with 14 points, had a chance to win it in regulation with four seconds left but made only one of two free throws, and the game went to overtime.
Hoskins finished with 15 points and Heagy added nine for the winners.
The Lancers will kick off the Edinburgh sectional Tuesday night against Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown.
The Yellow Jackets defeated Edinburgh 66-44 on Jan. 31 at Morristown.
“It’ll be a great atmosphere,” Glentzer said. “And, it gives us another opportunity against Morristown. This sectional is up in the air for anyone. Across the board, anyone can win it.”