Through three quarters, the Giants totaled 16 points. Luckily for Ben Davis, Warren Central wasn’t much better but pulled away a bit in the third, heading into the fourth quarter with a nine-point lead.
Ben Davis scored 26 points in the final quarter. Broome added two additional three-pointers for a team high 14; Brennan Gillis tallied 13 points and nine rebounds.
“Both teams were getting good shots the first couple of quarters, the ball just wouldn’t go in,” James said. “I think we started playing better defensively, started playing more aggressive, boxed out a little bit better.”
On Dec. 14, Warren Central (7-4) lost to Ben Davis 51-50, which started a four-game losing streak. It was clearly a different Warren Central team that showed up this time as its defense pressured Ben Davis tightly the entire game.
“That started our downward spiral a little bit,” Graham said. “We had some kinks in the armor, we had to adjust our lineup and we had to get a new attitude, so to speak. We had to find our identity.”
Ben Davis (8-3), who was ranked as high as second in state earlier in the month, suffered their second straight road loss. The Giants beat North Central 55-50 in the first round of the Marion County Tournament.
They next play Center Grove at home on Jan. 18.