MONTICELLO — It took about three-and-a-half quarters, but Logansport finally pulled away from a short-handed Twin Lakes squad for a 63-44 win here Saturday night.

The Indians were within five points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth before the Berries closed the game with a decisive run in the last four minutes to widen the final margin to 19.

“Coach [Kent] Adams does a great job and they always play hard here,” Logan coach Mark Victor said. “Emotionally they were really ready to go and we were a little flat early on.”

The Indians (3-4), playing without three of their top scorers because of injuries to Drake Danford (ankle), Sam Johnson (head) and Tyler McAchren (knee), led 15-10 after one quarter of play. The Berries (7-1) opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run to take the lead in which they would never relinquish. They led 31-24 at halftime and 40-32 after three quarters.

Twin Lakes got it to within 42-35 early in the fourth quarter after Niall Breedlove hit a 3-pointer. It was 48-39 midway through the fourth when Logan went on an 11-2 run over a two-minute span to put it out of reach. Nate Champion gave the victory an exclamation point, throwing down a dunk in transition with 2:35 remaining to make it 56-39.

Victor thought his squad stepped up its play in the second half.

“We did a much better job of taking care of the basketball, moving the basketball, and then on the defensive end I thought we were much better intensity-wise,” he said. “We tried to pressure them early on, we couldn’t do that, so we just went straight half-court stuff. Our kids really did a really nice job with that.”

Adams thought that with his squad being undermanned, fatigue played a major factor.

“I think you saw in the second and fourth quarter we got gassed pretty easily,” he said. “Going into the second parts of each half we were probably tired, that led to poor decision-making, and I’m sure that’s when we had the majority of our turnovers and allowed them to really stretch out a lead. The first and third, I think we won those quarters, but the second and fourth they won decisively and it was tough to overcome.”

The Berries had four players in double figures, led by Jared Jennings’ 14 points. Jordan McGuire and Antonio Penny had 12 apiece, and Champion scored 10. Champion added eight assists, Penny had five steals and Tyler Raisor had four blocks to go with his six points and a team-high six rebounds. Nick Weinstein added seven points off the bench.

Jennings is a nephew of Adams and continued his strong play in the first half of his senior season.

“I’m really proud of Jared, as proud as you can be as an opposing coach — because he’s really put the time in, he plays a lot and he’s improved so much since he’s been a sophomore,” Adams said. “He’s a pretty good player for them. They don’t just have Nathan Champion, they’ve got a good team with McGuire and [Garrett] Baldini and Raisor, and they’ve got a lot of good players. So it’s a tough team to match up with.”

Breedlove led Twin Lakes with 17 points. Sean Gardiner added eight points and a game-high eight boards.

Logan, which won its third straight, defeated Twin Lakes for the second straight time and fourth out of the last five years.

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