“We want to try and get one post touch per possession of the ball,” Hendrix said of his strategy to get the ball down low. “Tonight, I feel like we might have forced a lot of shots that we haven’t been doing. If we shoot a good percentage from the free throw line we’d probably win this game by a lot more.”
Out of the tie Lebanon went on a 12-3 run that was highlighted by a steal and two-handed dunk from Tre’ Comage on the first possession of the fourth quarter. The Tigers were able to stretch the lead out to 39-30, but Plainfield would not go away.
Plainfield freshman Max Kurkowski twice hit big 3-pointers and some sloppy ball-handling from both teams prevented Lebanon from really pulling away.
Plainfield was forced into 23 turnovers, while Lebanon had 16 of its own.
Kurkowski’s second three of the fourth quarter cut the Lebanon lead to 43-39 with 5:05 left in the game, but Lebanon had an answer. Caleb Brannon, who struggled shooting the ball all night, answered with a critical triple with 4:43 left and after a Plainfield turnover he tacked on two more free throws to make it 48-39.
Plainfield got the lead back down to four at 50-46 with 1:41 left, but another turnover led to a breakaway basket by Barricklow with a minute left.
Brannon finished with 14 points for Lebanon, with six coming in the crucial fourth quarter. Courtney led Plainfield with 14 while Kurkowski had 12.