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Cougs back on winning track

Feb. 2—ELNORA — North Daviess registered a big SWIAC conference victory on Thursday night at the Cougar Den over Bloomfield as senior Max Toy's step-back jumper from the left elbow area of the free throw lane bounced off the backboard glass and settled in the net with less than four seconds to go in a thrilling, 34-32 win.

The Cougars controlled the tempo and maintained a slight lead nearly the entire contest and, for the most part, stymied the Cardinals' sophomore sharpshooter, Blake Neill, who still managed a game-high 18 points but missed a final three-point attempt as time expired.

Meanwhile, Toy put together a career-night on offense with a team-high 12 as he provided five tallies in the second quarter and then scored seven of the team's 11 fourth quarter markers, including a crucial circus-bucket-and-one in the paint along with a pair of pressure-packed free throws with just under a minute showing on the scoreboard to push his team's margin out to 32-29.

That three-point lead evaporated quickly, however, when Bloomfield junior Lance Workman soared high to tip back in a Neill three-point miss and was fouled in the process. Workman made the ensuing free throw to tie up the contest before ND coach Brent Dalrymple called Toy's number for the late-game heroics.

Collin Lengacher knocked down a couple of triples and a lay-in to finish with eight while Travis Raber scored six, Aaron Marner four, Landon Swartzentruber two, and Wyatt Bishop two as well.

The defense was a collective effort against Neill, but Raber shined the most against the lanky 6-4" guard who came into the game averaging nearly 25 points per outing. Bloomfield dropped their sixth decision in seven games and fell to 8-10 overall with the loss.

The Cougar JV got out to a remarkable 21-0 start in the preliminary and cruised to a decisive 54-29 W. Freshmen Grady Callison and Cole Boyd dropped in 13 and 11 respectively to lead the way.

North Daviess (12-6, 4-1 SWIAC) will travel to Linton-Stockton next Tuesday to play a re-scheduled conference tilt against the Miners (13-4, 5-0 SWIAC). The Cougars also have a road trip at North Knox to complete the week on Friday.