Vikings capitalize on Braves' late mistakes

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It was the one that got away.

After bolting out to a 23-11 lead through one quarter and leading by seven at halftime of Saturday’s Graber Post Buildings Classic semifinal game, the Class 3A No. 6 Brownstown Central boys basketball team made some uncharacteristic mistakes down the stretch.

The Braves were outscored 19-5 in the fourth quarter, allowing Class A No. 2 Barr-Reeve to rally for a 60-55 win. Both teams entered the game unbeaten.

“I don’t think it’s that we didn’t play with energy like (Friday) night. We just didn’t play very smart in the last four or five minutes,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “I told our guys after the game, ‘You don’t lose games when you’ve got the lead that we had’ ... We just made some really silly decisions late in the game offensively and defensively.

“A couple of silly turnovers, a couple bad shots, and all of a sudden, it seems like every turnover or bad shot we took led to a basket for them. So really, it was turning from one mistake into two. I told our guys (Friday) night I was really disappointed in our effort. Tonight, I’m more disappointed in our decision-making.”

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