Jan. 15—LEBANON — When it got down to crunch time Friday night for the Lebanon boys basketball team, they knew exactly what they needed to do.
The Tigers were stuck in a back-and-forth battle with a strong Tri-West side at Rosenstihl Gymnasium, and made the key plays they needed to in overtime to come away with a 60-56 win over the Bruins.
The win improved the Tigers to 9-5 on the year, and more importantly 3-1 in the Sagamore Conference.
"I'm very proud of our kids," Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. "We are dealing with some injuries right now and didn't get to use our rotation the way we normally would, but our other kids stepped up. Every one came in and did what they needed to do. The six guys we played the most really held their composure, and Tri-West is a really good, physical basketball team. Our kids rose up to the challenges."
Tri-West led 41-36 heading to the fourth quarter.
Drew Terrill scored twice inside early in the quarter to bring the Tigers within 41-40 with 6:15 to go, but the Bruins built the lead back up to 48-43 with less than three minutes remaining.
From there, the Tigers clamped down on defense, holding the the Bruins scoreless.
Kobe Ottinger and Reese Jones scored baskets, and Korbyn Sloggett split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 48 with 1:15 to go.
Lebanon got the ball back after a Tri-West miss and had three shots to win at the end of regulation, but couldn't get a shot to fall.
Once overtime started, Sloggett took over for the Tigers.
Each team made three free throws early in overtime to make it 51-51 with 1:41 to go.
Sloggett then made back-to-back lay-ups in a 10-second span to give the Tigers a 55-51 lead with 1:05 to go.
Tri-West got no closer than two from there.
Sloggett had seven of his team-high 19 points in overtime, and 17 after halftime.
"Korbyn really got going and played more confident in the second half," Hendrix said. "He played really well in the second half and overtime. That's the kind of confidence we need from him going forward from here."
Lebanon also got a big game from Drew Terrill, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers.
Terrill also made some key free throws and grabbed some big offensive boards in the second half.
"He was incredible," Hendrix said. "He's become a good leader for us. He is even-keel and doesn't get too high or too low. He played really hard, and played a lot of key minutes for us tonight."
Tri-West led by one at the quarter and at the half.
They out-scored the Tigers 18-14 in the third quarter before Lebanon came back.
Kobe Ottinger and Jake Burns each had eight for the Tigers, and Reese Jones added seven.
The Tigers travel to Frankfort on Tuesday in a make-up game from last Friday.
Lebanon has won five of their last six, and Friday was a big bounce back after a tough loss to Indianapolis Washington.
"Tri-West is an outstanding team and are senior-led," Hendrix said. "This was a big win for us. Hopefully we can build off this win because we just beat a great team that can do some good things at the end of the year."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.