But with a 33-20 lead at half time, there didn’t appear to be too much messing up as the Giants seemed well on their way to victory.
However, solid half time adjustments by Decatur Central led to a 7-0 Hawks run to start the second half and that built some momentum, pulling Decatur Central within six at the end of the third quarter, 47-41.
Decatur Central would start the fourth quarter hot, getting within four of the Giants but that is the closest they would come as Ben Davis answered with a 15-5 run of its own. Urgency set in for Decatur Central as time started running short on the Hawks, resulting in more ill-advised 3-point attempts to try and close the gap.
Hitting only 4 of 16 from beyond the arc didn’t help Decatur Central’s night look any better as the Hawks shot 32 percent form the field, making just 12 of 38 attempts. Much of the poor shooting was a result of the height mismatch in Ben Davis’ favor. The Giants were able to get a hand up disrupting the Hawks’ shooters and at times even blocking shots, both of which led to 29 defensive rebounds for Ben Davis.
“We’re built of defense,” Lentz said. “We made their shots a lot more difficult. Our goal was to guard against the three because they have two or three kids that can really hit it, and stop their penetration which I think we were effectively able to do because we had a lot of blocked shots.”