BOYS BASKETBALL

L.C. boys outlast Valpo in OT

2014-01-24T21:45:00Z 2014-01-25T22:57:06Z L.C. boys outlast Valpo in OTAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
January 24, 2014 9:45 pm  • 

ST. JOHN | For 3 1/2 quarters, this one wasn't worthy of an art gallery, maybe a big garage sale instead.

But in the end, Friday night's Duneland Athletic Conference struggle between Valparaiso and Times' No. 2 Lake Central gave fans what they came for -- drama and great entertainment.

The Indians survived in overtime, 48-47, converting 10 of 11 free throws in the extra period.

Tye Wilburn led L.C. (11-2, 3-0) with 20 points, seven coming in overtime. Matt Meneghetti had 11 off the bench and Tyler Wideman added 10 to go with his game-high 10 rebounds.

Conner TenHover and Justin Osburn scored 15 apiece for the Vikings (7-6, 1-2), with Osburn nailing his fifth 3 as the OT ended.

Valpo has lost five games by six points or less.

The visitors could've made big headlines with a win they should've had.

TenHove's two free throws with 7 seconds remaining in regulation had given Valpo a 36-34 lead, but a blocking foul then sent the Indians' Wilburn to the line with 3.2 showing.

Wilburn clanked both attempts, only to have the 6-foot-8 Wideman muscle inside, get the rebound, and score to set up OT.

Free throws were huge for the hosts, who converted 18 of 21 to Valparaiso's 7 of 7.

Valpo didn't score its first points of the game until 2:48 of the opening period, had only five field goals at the half, and hadn't attempted a free throw.

Yet, the Vikings trailed only 17-10 with the help of eight L.C. turnovers. Both teams handled the basketball as if it had a lit fuse.

It was 28-23, L.C., after three quarters.

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