Walton also knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:41 remaining to cut the deficit to six at 59-53. However, it was as close as Brownsburg got and the Giants hung on for the victory.
James said he was pleased with the progression of Gillis’ play as a sophomore.
“(Gillis) is getting better all of the time,” James said. “He just needs to keep working on his game. I don’t think that we probably got him enough touches in the second half.”
In addition to Gillis, Deaire Tate scored 14 points, while Michael Beaty chipped in 11.
Trevor Lucas led the way for Brownsburg with 15 points, while Walton scored 13.
Brownsburg will look to rebound from the defeat, as they battle Bowman Academy on Dec. 21.
Ben Davis looks to build on the victory when they host Lawrence Central Dec. 22.