Friday, December 16, 2016
Muncie Central High School
Anderson High School
by Andrew Walker, The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON: Anderson had been oh-so-close to earning win No. 1 on the season in three of its first five games of the year, only to ultimately crumble down the stretch and see the opposing team leave with smiles on their faces.
On Friday night, with rival Muncie Central visiting The Tipi, there would be no such letdown.
The game was tight, not to mention entertaining, but after six tied scores and nine lead changes and countless Oohs, Ahhs, cheers and groans from the crowd, the Indians were able to execute in the final minutes and defeat the Bearcats, 56-54, to move to 1-5, and 1-1 in North Central Conference play.
“We came out of this one because we didn’t quit, and the one thing I love about these guys is they are scrappers; they are fighters,” Anderson interim head coach Jeff Howard said. “And you could really tell that tonight.”
The back-and-forth affair was a tale of alternating quarters. It was the Indians that dictated play in the first quarter, when they jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
But the athletic Bearcats (1-4, 0-2 NCC) came right back by doubling up the Indians 16-8 in a second quarter in which Muncie Central would scratch and claw its way on defense and go into halftime with a 26-25 lead.
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