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Loogootee survives Attica
Just as a trip to the attic can be a bit frightening, Loogootee had a similar scare against visiting Attica, a physical outfit from northern Indiana who forced the Lions to scratch and claw their way to a trophy during the second annual Thanksgiving Classic.  The Red Ramblers, coming off a nine-point win against a pesky Shoals’ line-up in the morning round, forced the tempo after the home team ran out to an early 15- advantage.  John Baugh, who went without a field goal versus Henryville, drained three straight triples in the opening stanza to build a lead.  At that point, Attica began to use their physicality to slow the pace and generate fouls.  The score was just 21-15 at the half as a Bryant Ackerman trey, Greg Woody hoop, and Conner Wittmer free throw was all the hosts could muster in the second period.  By the end of the third frame, the Lion lead had been whittled to one 32-31 as severe foul trouble made the outcome look dire for hopeful onlookers.  The whistled personals allowed the Ramblers eleven attempts from the charity stripe where they stuck eight.  The fourth was eight minutes of grind-it-out, how-many-free-throws-will-each-team-take drama.  The result was a very close one:  Loogootee nailed 8-12, with Wittmer knocking in 4-5 down the stretch to go with two big baskets.  On the other side, Attica sank just four of eight, allowing Loogootee to claim the championship hardware.
Baugh scorched the nets for 16 while grabbing six boards, and Wittmer wound up with a baker’s dozen and an impressive five assists as both were named to the all-tourney team.  Ackerman added seven and Josh Divine, five points, as the media deemed him overall tournament Most Valuable Player, an award named after and presented by Hall of Fame Coach Jack Butcher.  Travis Sergent played well off the bench with five, including knocking down the final two free throws of the game.  Both Jordan Arvin and Greg Woody picked up baskets off the bench.  Attica was led by an all-tourney selection, Zach Little, who threw in 13.  Mike Mattern and J.T. Troike backed him up with ten and eight respectively.  The consolation round went the way of the Hornets as their 49-40 “W” kept Shoals winless at 0-3 on the young season.  Rox scoring sensation Garrett Bateman hit for 16 and Zach Cook ten points as he was named to the all-tourney team along with Henryville’s Steven Mayfield who put up 13.
Loogootee expects to double their win output from this past weekend as Coach Mike Wagoner’s troops look to go 4-0 for the second consecutive season.  Standing in the way are back-to-back Blue Chip Conference foes in Wood Memorial and Vincennes Rivet.  The Wood contest is a home one on Friday that begins at 6:30 p.m. as the time difference is split to accommodate the Trojans.  The following evening, Adams Coliseum will be dusted off (hopefully) as the Patriots decided to move the game from the tight confines of Ralph Holscher Gym to the former Lincoln sectional site.  Loogootee has willingly played at Rivet for the better part of a decade; however, Rivet’s coaching staff solely precipitated the move so the Lions get a nostalgic opportunity to re-visit the past as they try to get a jumpstart on the rest of the BCC field.
Senior Jordan Arvin goes to the hoop up against Attica defense. The Lions won a close contest against Attica 50-46 to take the Loogootee Tribune Classic crown for the second year.