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February 26, 2014

Mac rolls to big win over Taylor

BUNKER HILL — With a veteran core of returners which included six seniors, Maconanquah’s boys basketball team expected to have fared better than 12 losses 16 games into the season.

The Braves know there’s nothing they can do about the past. The glass-half-full approach is to make the most of what’s left in the season.

And with the sectional just around the corner, Maconaquah made a major turn in the right direction Tuesday night with a 63-45 victory over visiting Taylor, helping the Braves avoid a winless run through Mid-Indiana Conference play.

“We’ve said this for the last several weeks: ‘You obviously want to come out and try to win every game you play in,’” Maconaquah coach Andy Steele said. “Unfortunately, not every team can have a winning record going into the sectional. But, it’s like I told the guys, ‘There’s been several times where a team with a losing record has gone in and won a sectional against quality teams like we are going to be facing next week.’ Hopefully we can be one of those sleepers that get to the sectional final and win.”

Senior guard Adam Harts led the Braves (5-12, 1-6 MIC) with 20 points and five rebounds, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the victory. He hit four treys in the first half, including three in a three-minute span in the first quarter, helping his team jump out to an early 18-10 lead by the end of the first stop.

Senior teammate K.J. Walton carried the banner in the second quarter, scoring nine of his 13 points to help the Braves build a 39-25 lead by the break. Walton added 10 rebounds and three steals in his final home game.

“Being senior night, seniors are pumped up,” Steele said. “We’ve struggled offensively this season, and hopefully this jumpstarts us into beating Pioneer [Thursday] and playing Twin Lakes at Twin Lakes on Tuesday for the sectional. My hat’s off to all the guys for playing as hard as they could [Tuesday] night. It showed what hard work and dedication can do for a team.”

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