Indian Creek nearly played spoiler to visiting Waldron’s perfect record in both teams’ regular-season finale Friday night.
But the Class A No. 2 Mohawks staved off a late rally to beat the host Braves 69-63 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference game.
Class 3A Indian Creek (10-10) trailed Waldron (20-0) by 11 points entering the fourth quarter but twice pulled within two points within the the final two minutes.
Waldron senior guard Cody Sullivan made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to help the Mohawks preserve their undefeated season.
Braves coach Derek Perry applauded his team’s die-hard performance despite the disappointing loss.
“They never quit, and I told them in the locker room that their effort was awesome,” he said. “They had one goal in mind. We couldn’t win the conference, so the only thing we could do was ruin a perfect season for (Waldron).
“We came close, but we just couldn’t get that play that we needed.”
Sullivan finished with a game-high 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting while going 11 of 15 from the foul line.
Seniors Presley Huffman and Garrett Rosenfeld added 13 points each and combined for 11 rebounds for the Mohawks.
Waldron shot 23 of 48 from the floor (50 percent) and only committed 11 turnovers compared to 18 by Indian Creek.
The Braves made 19 of 46 field goals and won the rebound battle 36-27.
Freshman guard Cameron Smith went 5 for 6 from beyond the 3-point arc to lead Indian Creek with 17 points, and he grabbed five rebounds.
Junior forward Austin Smith also had 17 points and five rebounds, and senior Matthew Wray added 11 points and a game-high 13 boards.
Indian Creek opens sectional play in a quarterfinal game against Beech Grove on Tuesday at Danville.