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January 30, 2014

Kings knock off Berries

Cass pulls away for 1st win over Logan since Mawbey era

WALTON – Lewis Cass’ boys basketball team wasn’t going to let this big win slip away.

The Kings ended a long losing streak against Logansport with an 86-68 victory over the Berries on Wednesday night.

The Kings (7-2) ended a 10-game losing streak against the Berries (8-4). It was their first win since 2008, the final year of the Basil Mawbey era.

The Kings nearly ended the skid early this year in Cass County Tournament play but let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. This time they built up a big enough lead to withstand a late charge, as the Berries got no closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter.

“Logansport is always a game we look forward to, and the kids just stepped up to the challenge tonight,” Cass coach Jon Kitchel said. “They felt like they had some unfinished business from in the tournament when we didn’t play very well to close out the game. We had a five-point lead with three minutes to go and made some mental mistakes, and these guys were determined that wasn’t going to happen again.

“This is a big game for us and it’s something that we can use as a springboard to finish the season strong. It was kind of a test for us because we really didn’t know how good we were, but we’re very confident now. Our press seems to still be effective. We’ve got nine guys that all contributed and I thought that was huge to get the bench play that we did.”

The senior guard duo of Blake Hadley and Austin Keisling led the way for the Kings, as they had 21 and 20 points, respectively. Ryan Bixler scored 13 and Victor DeJesus had 12. Owen Ohman and Evan Ohman added eight and six points, respectively.

Keisling and DeJesus led with seven rebounds each, as the Kings outrebounded Logan 40-22 for the game.

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