For three quarters, the Zionsville Eagles boys basketball team appeared like they were going to cruise to a victory against county rival Lebanon.
But the Tigers made them work for it in the fourth quarter. Lebanon cut a 17-point deficit down to 3 in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles ultimately held on for a 42-34 win.
"For 17 1/2 minutes we played really good basketball," Zionsville head coach Shaun Busick said. "Unfortunately for the other 14 1/2 minutes, we played poor basketball. In our sectional, we can't even play 4 1/2 minutes of bad basketball. We have to play well for 32 minutes to have a chance against Carmel, Noblesville, North Central, HSE, whoever we play."
Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said he was happy with the teams effort in the second half.
"I am very, very proud of our kids," Hendrix said. "Our bench played well, especially in the second half. We just have to put two halves together against 4A competition. We have played pretty well against similar sized opponents, and when we play Kokomo or Zionsville, they got after us a little bit. The reality is, our kids battled back and I am proud of each one of them."
Zionsville went up 32-15 with 2:27 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Braden Hall.
Over the next eight minutes, Lebanon went on a 13-1 run to get within 33-29 on a 3-pointer by Sam Godby.
Busick said the Tigers increased their pressure in the second half.
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.