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Trojans stay close but drop thriller


Center Grove’s boys basketball team started Friday’s game as the aggressor against host Perry Meridian. In the second half, the Falcons played that role and rode it to a victory.

The Trojans committed just four first-half turnovers, but Perry Meridian’s aggressive back-court defense forced Center Grove into 10 second-half miscues. The Falcons, meanwhile, lost the ball just three times in the second half and converted several turnovers into fast-break baskets in a 56-52 comeback victory.

Center Grove (5-4) held a 45-38 lead after Michael Benkert hit a layup 11 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Perry Meridian (7-2) took control from there, outscoring the Trojans 14-1 during the next four minutes to take a 52-46 advantage.

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