2012-01-22 / Sports

Tribe cagers fall to Falcons in OT

CHESANING – The Indian varsity cagers had their chances Friday night, but again lost a close contest, bowing to visiting Freeland 47-46 in overtime.

Freeland led 8-6 after the first quarter, but Chesaning came back with a 14-13 edge in the second, and a 13-11 advantage in the third. The Falcons closed out regulation with a 10-9 edge, then won the overtime, 5-4.

The Indians were up by six with 2:30 left in regulation, but ended up turning the ball over too many times.

Then in overtime, down by one, they had to foul, and Freeland missed the free throw. Austin Chludil grabbed the rebound and drove to the other end of the court to put up a last second shot. The ball went off the rim and around the rim, but didn’t go in.

“This was another heartbreaker,” Chesaning coach Jason Danek said. “We’ve been so close and just can’t get over the hump. But the kids have positive attitudes, and they’re playing hard. The ball will bounce our way eventually.”

The Indians finished up shooting 18 of 53 from the floor for 34 percent. They hit 2 of 11 from behind the arc, and 16 of 42 from twopoint range. They were 8 of 17 at the free throw line.

Freeland held a 42-32 advantage on the boards, but gave up the ball 19 times to Chesaning’s 14 turnovers. The Tribe also had 13 steals.

Josh Kunik led the Indians with 15 points and five steals. Brandon Beckman added 10 points with five boards and three steals. Chludil finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

Kyle Sweeney chipped in six points to go with a team-high 12 rebounds. David Yeager had four points and three steals. A.J. Nietling also had four points with four rebounds.

The Tribe hosts Hemlock on Tuesday, then travels to the Tri-Valley Conference East for a crossover game. On Saturday, Jan. 28, they travel to Merrill for a make-up game from this past Tuesday night.

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