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December 21, 2013

Mustangs rally past Ramblers

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. – Fountain Central came from six-points down in the final three minutes to defeat Attica in boys’ basketball by the score of 60-55.

The Mustangs trailed 52-46 after Brady Sheridan of Attica made a free throw that resulted from the fifth foul on Fountain Central center Doug Wallace. The Red Ramblers then called a time out and started to spread the floor on every possession.

“We did what I wanted us to do,” said Attica coach Chuck Hutchins about the final three minutes. “We kept the ball and didn’t turn it over.”

They did not make any mistakes in that span, but their opponents made big plays in the final three minutes.

Four times in the space of 1:50, Attica got what appeared to be an open drive to the basket for a lay-up but each time a Fountain Central player blocked the shot and the Mustangs came away with the ball.

“They made the big plays,” said Hutchins. “It’s not like we gave it to them – they earned it.”

Ethan Woodrow hit a jumper to pull his team within four, then, after a free throw by Kenny Little of Attica, he hit a three-pointer.

The Ramblers pushed the lead back up when Bryce Cooper drove to the basket, but their next two possessions ended in blocked shots.

That led to a banked-in trey by Koby Pierce that made it a one-point game. Then Woodrow put the Mustangs ahead to stay at 56-55 with 47 second left when he hit a short jumper from the baseline.

He would go on to hit a total of four consecutive free throws on the next two Mustang possessions to make the final score 60-55.

Woodrow talked about that final three minutes, saying, “Coach called a time out and told us to calm down, take the ball inside and not settle for three’s. He told us to be more aggressive going inside and I think we were.”

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