Tribune photo by Zach Spicer / Brownstown Central junior Skylar Thompson makes a layup during the first half of Friday's Mid-Southern Conference game at Pekin. Thompson had nine points and seven rebounds in the Braves' 71-56 win.
Tribune photo by Zach Spicer / Brownstown Central junior Tanner Payton goes strong to the basket during Friday's Mid-Southern Conference game at Pekin. Payton led all scorers with 20 points, and the Braves won 71-56.
PEKIN — All it took was a little bit of good, solid defense.
The Brownstown Central Braves trailed Eastern (Pekin) 31-30 at halftime of Friday’s final Mid-Southern Conference game of the season. The game went back-and-forth the entire first half, and neither team could put together a run.
Coming out in the second half, though, the Braves applied some full-court pressure, and it paid off. They created some turnovers and went on a 6-0 run, and they later put together a short spurt to pull ahead 54-44 going into the fourth.
They outscored the Musketeers 24-13 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the fourth for a 71-56 victory. The Braves finished 8-1 in the MSC, placing them at the top with Clarksville and Sliver Creek. It’s the third straight MSC crown for Brownstown.
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