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March 5, 2014

Hot-shooting Twin Lakes ends Mac's season

MONTICELLO — Maconaquah’s boys basketball season came to an end as the Braves fell to the host Indians 62-50 in the opening round of the Class 3A Twin Lakes Sectional on Tuesday.

Twin Lakes (14-7) advances to play Benton Central (10-11) in the first semifinal game at 6 p.m. Friday. The sectional resumes tonight with Northwestern vs. Peru at 6 p.m. followed by Western vs. West Lafayette.

The Braves (6-13) fell behind early as the Indians jumped out 8-0. K.J. Walton gave Maconaquah its first two points of the game at the 2:34 mark. Mac coach Andy Steele then put in Nick Love, who hit 3 of 4 3-pointers in the final two minutes, and Maconaquah led 11-10 at the end of the first break.

It was even for the first two minutes of the second quarter, but Twin Lakes went on a 10-0 run to take a 26-15 lead with 1:17 left in the half. Mac cut it to six (26-20) on a 3-pointer by Trevor Hagan at the buzzer.

Twin Lakes outscored Maconaquah in each of the last three quarters (16-9 second, 17-15 third and 19-15 fourth) to pull away.

“It look like [the Indians] were hitting golf balls into the ocean at the start,” Maconaquah coach Andy Steele said. “Everything was going in for them, once they got started. We kind of struggled to make shots. Once Nick got us on board, we kind of settle ourselves down. We got into a game of basketball.

“Basketball is a game of runs, but unfortunately, they had one or two more than we did, and we couldn’t come back there at the end.”

Maconaquah’s defense was stellar at times, but Twin Lakes was shooting the lights out in the second half with a 12-for-20 performance (60 percent) from the field, while Maconaquah shot 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) from the field.

“I talked to the coaches about this, and it was how many times were we out on a shooter with a hand in his face,” Steele said. “They were still making them. A lot of the shots they made [Tuesday], we had good defense. My hat’s off to Twin Lakes. They are a very good ball club. We played like I wanted us to play all season.”

Walton led Maconaquah with 15 points, and Love followed with 14.

Tyler Reddington led Twin Lakes with 19 points.

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