VEEDERSBURG, Ind. – Fountain Central had a strong start, got a big lead and fought off a tenacious Seeger boys’ basketball team to advance to the championship game of 2A Sectional 38 with a 67-45 win.
The Mustangs jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead then expanded it to a 22-4 score by the end of the first quarter as they took control early.
“We made some baskets early and they missed some early,” said Mustang head coach Jason Good. “When we hit shots from the outside, they had to come out and play us so then we got lay-ups.”
When Seeger got the ball in their hands, they began to pass it as they have done all season, but Fountain Central disrupted things and often got fast breaks out of their deflections.
That allowed the Fountain Central to go up 32-6 midway through the second quarter. The Patriots stopped the run with a jumper from Terron Wade who later added two free throws, but the team trailed 39-10 at halftime.
“They played almost a perfect first half,” said Seeger coach John Collins. “They couldn’t miss and we kept missing.”
Things changed after the intermission as Seeger seemed to settle down and play the kind of basketball that they had played all season.
Asked what he told his team at the break, Collins said, “Not much, really. I just told them we had nothing to lose and to go and chip away.”
That is exactly what his team did as the third quarter started. Borden Kennedy got the Patriots off on the right foot with a three-pointer then Wade hit a trey as well.
Kennedy followed with a lay-up and Jake Fell added a pair of free throws as Fountain Central seemed perhaps overly relaxed as they took several long jumpers.
“Yeah, I kind of wish they’d taken a few more of those in the third quarter,” said Collins with a wry smile. “We were getting closer.”