Miners survive Cougs, Vikes down Dubois

Feb. 7—LINTON — North Daviess had two shots at the rim in the final five seconds to play the role of conference spoiler at Linton, but both attempts rolled off the arbitrary iron as the Miners escaped with a 34-32 SWIAC victory versus the Cougars.

The contest was knotted 10-10 after eight minutes of play with sophomore Collin Lengacher draining a pair of triples in the opening frame. ND allowed their counterparts to take a 25-20 advantage at intermission as Linton's own sophomore, Paul Oliver, drove the length of the floor to score just before the halftime horn.

Oliver provided the only three points of the third stanza from the charity stripe while ND whittled the host's lead down to 28-27 behind a couple of late buckets from Max Toy. Conner Daily and Jackson Miller made a couple of huge field goals in the fourth to boost the Miner margin back up to five before North Daviess mounted a late comeback effort.

Aaron Marner knocked down a couple of free throws, and Lengacher scored on the interior as ND cut the deficit to 33-31. Senior Luke Marner entered and immediately picked off a pass and was fouled with just over a minute remaining; he made the first but the second popped back out of the cylinder. Toy forced a jump-ball with under 20 seconds to go in the contest setting up the frenetic final opportunities.

Travis Raber drove the right lane and put up a shot that rolled off the side of the rim on the left; Landon Swartzentruber rebounded and attempted to stick-back the shot while hanging in the air and getting bumped off by Oliver. With no fortuitous sound of the whistle, Linton swiftly rebounded and made one of two free tosses with 1.5 showing on the scoreboard to clinch the conference title.

Lengacher and Oliver shared game-high honors with 10 each. Aaron Marner registered six, Swartzentruber five, Toy four, Raber and Wyatt Bishop three-spots, and Luke Marner one freebie.

The JV Cougars did hold on for a victory in the preliminary affair by the score of 31-27. Grady Callison, Coby Loheider, and Cole Boyd went for nine apiece.

North Daviess (12-7) hits the road on Friday night for an always difficult road test at North Knox.

Barr-Reeve 62, Dubois 47

DUBOIS — The Barr-Reeve Vikings rebounded from a loss to Jasper on Thursday over a different Dubois County team.

The Vikes (15-2) went on the road and beat Blue Chip foe Northeast Dubois, 62-47 on Tuesday.

The Vikings got 15-points from Seth Wagler and Braydon Knepp, while Donnie Miller added 12. Kendall Graber had eight points include a pair of treys. Landon Miller had seven and Evan Wehmeier had five to round out the scoring.

B-R took a 19-15 lead at the end of the first, and a 35-24 lead at the half. They maintained a 15-point lead at the end of three, 48-15.

Dubois got 12 each from Drew Schoering and Grant Gaither.

The Vikings play again on Friday at South Knox and Return home on Tuesday to face Wood Memorial.