South Knox takes 47-43 victory over JeepsJanuary 8, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
DUBOIS — As the cheers from the home crowd grew louder, the Northeast Dubois (2-6, 1-2) boys basketball team battled back in its homecoming game against South Knox on Friday evening. The Jeeps did not relent, but ultimately dropped the 47-43 decision in a competitive Blue Chip Conference contest.
“They’re a pretty disciplined team,” Northeast Dubois head coach Terry Friedman said. “They applied some really strong defensive pressure on us. We did an OK job with it. We didn’t bring the intensity we needed to until the last three or four minutes of the game. We’ve got to be able to keep our intensity up for longer periods of time out there.”
The teams showcased contrasting styles throughout the first two frames. South Knox sought out quick transition opportunities, while Northeast Dubois searched for looks out of halfcourt sets. The pace of play eventually settled down, and the Spartans entered their locker room with a 25-19 lead at the break.
Much to the delight of the roaring Northeast Dubois fans, Jeeps senior Logan Mehringer poured in several clutch baskets in the third quarter. Fans of both teams were treated to an intense display of back-and-forth action in the fourth quarter. Quick offense and stout defense helped Northeast Dubois trim the margin to just three points in the final moments, but the Spartans hung on for the narrow victory.
“It was a game that was kind of played how a sectional game is played,” Friedman said. “It was very physical out there. Each possession was pretty key. They did a better job of taking care of the ball than we did. We were able to fight. We kept ourselves in the game and gave ourselves a chance there at the end. As we move forward, we’ve got to be able to capitalize a little bit better on some of our opportunities.”
Northeast Dubois junior Colby Pieper converted five 2-point field goals and finished with a team-high 11 points. Senior Nick Lueken completed his night with 10 points, while Mehringer added six points.
South Knox junior Tristan Wirth contributed a game-high 13 points for the Spartans. Fellow junior Brennan Robinson added 12 points.
Before the game began, Northeast Dubois held a homecoming ceremony in its gymnasium. The faithful Jeeps fans hollered with excitement as the student representatives strolled onto the court.
Friedman reflected on the festivities with a twinkle in his eye.
“The opportunity for our kids to have a homecoming, although it was smaller than what it has been, was really enjoyable,” he said. “It was enjoyable to see our kids have something like that and to be able to enjoy that. It’s just the fact that our kids get to have it.”
Northeast Dubois will return to the court at approximately 8 p.m. this evening. The Jeeps will face Southridge at Memorial Gym in Huntingburg.
“We’ve got to bounce back,” Friedman said. “We’ve got to have a short memory.”
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