By Jim Johnson For the Lebanon Reporter
---- — The Lebanon boys basketball team built a lead early in the second half and didn't let go.
Nick Starkey had a game-high 10 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 29-26 win over the Crawfordsville Athenians on Friday.
Lebanon went on a 6-1 run at the start of the second half to take a 20-12 lead and the Tigers led the rest of the way.
"I just felt like Crawfordsville outhustled us and outplayed us," Lebanon coach Albert Hendrix said. "We got the win because our kids played hard the last two or three or four possessions of the game and that made the difference."
Clayton Barber scored early in the third quarter then Starkey hit a jumper and Tre Hurst scored two free throws in the run before the Athenians went on a 9-2 run of their own to get back within a point, 22-21.
The Athenians had a chance to take the lead coming out of a timeout with 25 seconds left in the third, but missed a 3-pointer and Starkey opened the fourth with a basket and later a free throw to extend the lead again.
It wasn't pretty.
The Tigers shot 36.7 percent and committed 23 turnovers. But the Athenians shot just 22 percent and 2 of 10 from the free throw line.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.