Brownstown Central found its undefeated season in jeopardy when it trailed at Columbus East heading into the fourth quarter.
A 20-point third quarter gave the Olympians a four-point lead, but the Class 3A No. 1 Braves managed to keep their undefeated season after battling back for a 65-60 victory.
Brownstown hit seven of eight free throws in the final quarter to put the game away.
“This is the fifth or sixth game where we’ve trailed in the fourth quarter,” Brownstown coach Dave Benter said. “Our guys have just found a way. It’s been different guys stepping up.”
Carson Lambring was the guy who stepped up for the Braves (17-0), scoring 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Brownstown led for almost the entire game and went into halftime with a 30-23 lead. East held the Braves to just nine third-quarter points and ended the quarter with a 9-1 run.
Brownstown found its offense again at the start of the fourth and went on a 9-3 to regain the lead. The Braves took a 56-49 lead with 3:12 left in the game and took the momentum away from the Olympians.
“We just got a timeout, dug in and played some more defense,” Lambring said. “Our defense lead to some easier offense to get us going again. We kind of got our confidence back after that.”
East did not let Brownstown get too comfortable, going on a 5-0 run of its own to come within two points with just over a minute-and-a-half remaining. But poor free throw shooting by the Olympians helped Brownstown survive.