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RAMSEY – The Patoka High School boys basketball team erased deficits of seven points three times but was unable to hold the lead it took on the first shot of the fourth quarter during a 50-42 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran in the Ramsey Thanksgiving Tournament.
Senior Cody Allen forced a tie with a few seconds left in the third quarter after converting a 3-point play when he was fouled on a layup.
Allen then grabbed a defensive rebound to open the fourth quarter and converted another 3-point play at the other end of the court.
He is expected to be one of Patoka’s top players this season, but he did not play in the first half for disciplinary reasons. In his limited time, Allen scored eight points and had six rebounds.
“It’ll be nice to have him for a whole game and see what happens,” said coach Joe Eddy.
Senior John Wadkins later hit a wide-open 3-pointer to push Patoka ahead 40-35, but from there, Eddy said his team became too conservative and stopped playing the game the way it had been.
The Warriors held a 42-40 lead with 2:32 left in the game, but after CORL called a timeout, it outscored Patoka 8-0 to close out the game.
“We relaxed a little bit,” Eddy said. “We got away from the easiest pass and what we were doing to get the lead and started trying to make the perfect pass.”
Patoka played streaky basketball until that point, falling behind 12-5 toward the end of the first quarter, but using a 10-4 run to cut the lead to one with 5:49 left in the second period.
CORL then pulled out to another seven-point lead, at 24-17, over the next three minutes before watching Patoka trim the margin to 26-23 at halftime.
Part of the reason for that streaky play was that Patoka was not moving as quickly as it should have been in transition.
“We weren’t pushing,” Eddy said. “We have quick big men, and if they push down there and get into the post, they’re going to score some easy points.”
Senior Zach Thompson – who had a team-high 11 points – made the first bucket of the second half to move Patoka within one, but once again, the Silver Stallions made it a seven-point game, at 32-25.
But that was when Allen started to affect the game, grabbing three rebounds before his scoring barrage put Patoka ahead.
Eddy said his team is fairly inexperienced and had some “growing pains” during the game that they will learn from.
“One game’s not going to define our season,” he said.
Monday, Nov. 22
Patoka vs. Christ Our Rock Lutheran
Points – Thompson, 11; Allen, 8; Ishum, 8; Johnnie Clift, 4; Jake Orrell, 4; Sawyer Potter, 4; Wadkins, 3.