The Class 3A No. 5 Brownstown Central boys basketball team faced a physical Paoli team Saturday, and the Braves held off a late Rams charge and won 72-53.
Paoli added some pressure and pulled within 10 points on a 3-pointer off of a steal with 4:56 to go in the game. Brownstown, however, scored the next seven points and maintained a double-figure lead.
“Paoli never quit,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “They pressed us and played hard until the very end, and they are as big a team as we play all year. They are big and physical, and rebounding was a big concern of mine going into the game. I think they outrebounded us by a couple (25-20), but we still, for the most part, at least in the second half, did a pretty good job on the backboard.”
When Tanner Wroblewski made the 3 in the fourth quarter, Paoli had outscored Brownstown 16-12 to that point. He had one point through three quarters before scoring 15 in the fourth to lead his team.
“We quit containing the ball, and we started playing too fast on offense,” Benter said. “We’ve got to understand when we’ve got that kind of lead against a good team, the clock is our friend, and we’ve got to take care of the ball, defend and rebound. Those three things we didn’t do a very good job of for about a two-minute stretch.”
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