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Rangers park Loogootee

By John Mullen  
 Loogootee’s winning streak was ended on Friday night as the host Forest Park Rangers used 41 trips to the free throw line, where they made 30, in defeating the visitors 70-64.  FP was without their 6’6” center Colin Welp, but an all-junior starting line-up was tall and lanky enough to give the Lions fits all night long.  
  The Rangers ripped off an 18-11 lead after one quarter, but freshman center Conner Wittmer responded with nine of his 16 points in the second frame as Loogootee inched back within a possession, down 31-29 at half.  A big time breakout eight minutes from sixth man Jordan Arvin, who hit four straight field goals, gave the visitors a 44-42 lead with one stanza left to play.  Despite Arvin netting nine more and Bryant Ackerman scoring seven, Forest Park salted the game away from the charity stripe where they made a whopping 21-24 living as Loogootee attempted to get as many possessions late as possible.  Arvin hit for a career-high 19, Wittmer 16, John Baugh 12, and Ackerman 11 as Loogootee ran four players into double figures.  Ben Hogan added a half-dozen; Josh Divine delivered nine assists despite not scoring.  Baugh grabbed eight boards, Wittmer six, and Ackerman five, but very few rebounds were available the way the Rangers drilled fifteen-foot freebies.  
  Doing the most damage was Grant Welp who stroked 14-16 overall, including 11-12 in the final frame.  The game’s leading scorer, Nathan Bromm, popped for 25, with 9-12 going through the net in the contest’s last eight minutes.  The Lions, who have now dropped nine straight outcomes to the Class 2A southern Indiana basketball power, fell to 4-1.  
  The junior varsity also got beat for the first time 37-31.  A 17-12 Lion lead in the third evaporated quickly, and as was the case in the varsity affair, Forest Park held Loogootee at bay from the free throw line.  Matt Tucker poured in 10, Kirk Lengacher and Austin Bradley seven, Daniel Wildman four, and Waylon Matthews three points.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
John Baugh goes up for a three during the Lions game against Forest Park. Baugh had 8 points in the contest.
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