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The Grant County Braves had an intense game against the Beechwood Tigers on Jan. 23, but managed to scratch out a win 52 – 44 in overtime.
The Braves tried to get their offense to work for them, but allowed the Tigers to stay right with them during the match-up.
The two teams played hard and wound up tied at 40 at the end of regulation.
Unlike during the game, the Braves went ahead of the Tigers and never looked back in the overtime period.
Logan Cummins was the high scorer for the Grant County Braves with 19 points.
Coach Jim Hicks said before the game his team needed to come out and display a physical and aggressive man-to-man defense and set the tone early.
”They have some size and play aggressive with a couple boys that shoot the ball very well. With us coming off a big emotional game against Simon Kenton we are going to have to play hard and maybe we can come out of this game with a win,” Hicks said.
Hicks said he was surprised to be going into overtime against Beechwood because the Braves only shot 17 of 65 from the field.
“But, we played good enough defense to win even though we had an off night shooting,” Hicks said.
Hicks said Cummins’ play during the overtime period boosted the Braves to the win.
“We wanted to come out in overtime and be the aggressor. Logan made a couple of big plays and we made our free throws and took care of the ball,” Hicks said.
Hicks said the team remains focused on getting better.
“We spend most of practice on defense and the other half on individual improvement,” he said. “I’m just real proud of this team and how hard they work in practice to get better every day.”