Winamac opened the final quarter the same as the had the third by going on an 8-0 run to make it a 51-34 game. Around the 3:00 mark Winamac went to spreading the floor and trying to take some time off the clock. That’s when Frontier decided to make things interesting. The Falcons went to a frenetic fullcourt press that began to cause the Warriors to turn the ball over. When Winamac did break the press the Falcons would foul finally sending Winamac to the line. Not the greatest of foul shooting teams, Winamac had three trips to the line come up empty when the shooters missed the front end of a one-and-one. Meanwhile Frontier kept chipping away before running out of time with a 57-50 defeat.
“I think we played really well as a team,” Fox said. “Our shooters were hitting and our big guys were doing the work inside that they needed to do. Our coaches had us well prepared for this game and the press was something they had us prepared for, but when they went to it we were kind of rushed and didn’t think things through the way we should have.”
Both squads shot 52 percent from the field for the game but Winamac was 9 of 17 from long distance for 53 percent compared to just 20 percent for Frontier. The Falcons did win from the free throw line as they were 16 of 22 compared to Winamac at 4 of 9.
Fox led the Warrior attack with a team-high 19 points.
Brandon Gallinger led the Falcons with a game-high 20 points while Jordan Zarse finished with 15.
“I have to be pleased with the effort tonight,” Johnson said. “It’s not easy to win a conference game on the road. It’s not easy to win at home either. You have to bring it every single game or they’re going to take it from you. I thought we were fundamentally sound in this game and the press shouldn’t have fazed us like it did. Most of our turnovers came in the fourth quarter. We just have to be sharper.”