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Da’ Boys defeat Dubois

By John Mullen
  The double weekend can be a difficult chore, and quite frankly, although Loogootee man-handled host Bloomfield on Friday night, January 22, by the looks of the 76-59 scorecard, it was the Cardinals who acted as bruisers on several occasions throughout the evening. Thus, Saturday night’s conference affair with always rugged Northeast Dubois was a very tough match-up, especially during the first half, before the Lions executed and won their second straight outing by seventeen points, this one a 56-39 difference.
  Loogootee was plagued by turnovers early; perhaps a result of tired legs due to a simple seven-man rotation, as they were tied up at 11’s after eight minutes. NED actually took a 19-13 bulge midway through the second before the Lions’ roar got them a dozen straight to forge a 25-19 advantage at the halftime horn.  
  Jordan Arvin, who continues to play amazingly well off the bench, led all scorers with 18, and his 3 put the home team in the lead to stay late in the second frame. The other two players to aid the offense in the first half were Conner Wittmer who banged around for 9 of his 11 before intermission as well as Ben Hogan who hit for all of his 7 early on in the game. Arvin popped for 5 in the third and then 3 more buckets in the fourth period as Loogootee dropped in 6-8 charity tosses to finish off the victory. Josh Divine also added 7 markers to go with 6 dimes and 3 steals.  Ackerman scored 7 as well and held NED’s leading gunner, Trevor Atkins to just 7, all coming in the opening sixteen minutes of play. Leading scorer, John Baugh was held to just one 3-point field goal while Clinton Burch scored a deuce and Stephen Bradley hit a late free toss. Greg Woody was again a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball. Wittmer added 7 boards and 3 assists while Hogan dished for 4.  The home team did turn over the rock 17 times, but shot 13-17 free throws compared to Dubois’ abysmal 7-17 performance from fifteen feet.  
  The reserves faltered in a big way, losing 45-38 to the Jeeps. Kirk Lengacher put in a dozen and Waylon Matthews 8 to lead a late comeback that closed the gap from what was once a 20-point nightmare. Clinton Burch and Matt Tucker scored 5 each, Stephen Bradley 4, Colin Nelson 2, Austin Bradley 1, and Jon Sherfick 1.  
  Loogootee’s varsity possesses a 10-3 marker with another double weekend ahead, this time on the road Friday at White River Valley and Saturday for Springs Valley’s homecoming.
-Photo by Larry D. Hembree
Senior Josh Divine and his Loogootee Lions ran away from the Northeast Dubois Jeeps in the 3rd quarter at JBA Saturday evening.  Divine, pictured above, scored two of his 7 points as the Lions won the Blue Chip Conference matchup 56-39.  The Lions are 10-3 on the season.  The JV Lions were defeated 45-38.