Indian Lake came to town ready to play Friday night, hitting its first three attempts from the field and hanging with a talented Urbana squad right from the opening tip.
In the end, it was the Lakers prevailing, 60-50, in a CBC/MRD boys basketball contest.
“They wanted it more than we did,” Urbana Coach Jeremy Dixon said. “They just played harder than us.”
Urbana weathered the early storm and led 11-9 after one quarter.
The Hillclimbers trailed 23-21 at halftime after a late three-pointer gave the Lakers a lead, but a technical foul and a pair of made free throws by Jordan Underwood tied things up before the third quarter began. The foul was for an Indian Lake jayvee player dunking at halftime.
The third quarter was another highly-competitive period, with both teams trading scores and long stretches of good defense. Indian Lake earned another edge with a late three-pointer, taking a 38-34 advantage into the final frame.
Urbana stuck with its game plan for the first couple of minutes of the fourth quarter, until another pair of Lakers’ baskets made the lead perilous.
A sense of urgency sunk in, with the Hillclimbers’ offense switching to an attack-first style and the defense fouling to preserve clock.
“We started playing with a sense of urgency when it was too late,” Dixon said.
It wasn’t enough. The boys in red celebrated the upset with jubilation, as the victory pulled them within a conference game of the division-leading Hillclimbers and avenged a 14-point loss earlier in the season. It also snapped Urbana’s 27-game division winning streak, which began after a 58-56 loss at Greenon on Feb. 8, 2013.
“It’s a reflection of what’s been happening the last couple of days in practice. Some days we’re great and some days we’re not. Some days we want to be there and some days we don’t,” Dixon said.
Najhea Honore led Urbana (10-5, 6-1) with 12 points, Cameron Logwood had 9 and Sam Niswonger and Kalen Howell each chipped in 8. Beau Hefner had 24 points for Indian Lake (8-7, 5-2) and Alex Jacobs added 15.
Urbana won the jayvee game, 35-28. Dakota Hower scored 8 points and Alex Lohnes added 7 for UHS.
Urbana hosts Northwestern next Friday night while Indian Lake hosts Waynesfield-Goshen on Tuesday.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.