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February 8, 2014

Diener returns to lead Vikings past Panthers

Delphi rallies past Carroll.

It’s been that kind of season thus far for Pioneer’s boys basketball team.

North White sophomore Luke Diener, playing in his first game back from a broken leg injury suffered during football, had 21 points to lead the Vikings to a 61-58 win at Pioneer Friday night.

“Luke Diener was the difference. He made five 3s and he’s a much better 3-point shooter than he was a year ago,” Pioneer coach Austin Cowley said.

Zach Mason scored 21 points and Chad Clifford had 14 to lead the Panthers (1-12, 0-4 Midwest Conference). Both were career-high totals.

Caleb Kindley added eight points and Sam Kiser chipped in six for Pioneer.

Clifford scored 11 of his 14 in the third quarter to lift the Panthers to a 48-46 lead entering the fourth.

The Vikings regained control in the final quarter. The Panthers missed the front end of a 1-and-1 trailing by two points in the final minute. The Vikings made 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead back up to three. Pioneer missed a shot from halfcourt as time expired.

Drake Fleck added nine points for the Vikings (7-6, 2-2), who led 33-28 at the half.

Pioneer committed 27 turnovers to North White’s 23 in the error-plagued contest.

“They were able to speed us up. At times they were able to impose their will and make us play their style instead of ours,” Cowley said.

Pioneer hosts Carroll tonight.

Delphi 44, Carroll 41

The Oracles took their first lead on a pair of Kolby Myer free throws with 32 seconds remaining, and Mason Lane hit two free throws with 8 seconds left to seal the win after Delphi rallied from a 29-12 deficit with 4:01 left in the 3rd period.

Myer led Delphi (7-8) with 15 points, and Brent Hawn added 14.

Brandon Dillon had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Carroll (5-8), and Seth Eldridge added 11 points.

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