The Twin Cedars Sabers hosted the Falcons from Wayne of Corydon Tuesday, Dec. 3, in a non-conference encounter and things were looking bright for the Sabers in the early going.
A steady offensive attack along with some good defense and outstanding rebounding allowed TC to build a 9-2 lead and then the quarter ended.
With the end of the first quarter came an end to the Saber scoring for the next seven minutes. That quiet spell by the Sabers allowed the Falcons to catch up and build a 14-9 lead with a minute to go in the first half. A three ball by Kade Dunkin broke the dry spell and two free throws by Hunter McCombs and one by Dunkin gave the Sabers a brief 15-14 lead. But an inside bucket by Wayne’s Zayden Mitchell sent the Falcons into halftime with a 16-15 lead.
The two teams traded shots for the first six minutes of the third period and then the Falcons pulled away to a 30-23 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Devin Arkema opened the fourth quarter for the Sabers by draining a three, but the Falcons countered with a back door basket by Bret Whitehall and a three ball by Grant King to extend their lead to 35-26 with six minutes to go in the ballgame.
The only offense the Sabers could muster in the final six minutes would be three free throws by Dunkin and a base line drive by Brett Sedlock. The Falcons didn’t have a lot of offense either, but it was enough to salt away a 40-31 victory.
“We did not shoot the ball well,” Saber Coach Blake McWilliams said. “I kind of expected that as we have had only seven days of practice and we just need more time shooting.”
Dunkin was the only Saber in double digits with 13 points and Arkema was next in line with six points. Whitehall was the Falcon leader with 13 points and King added 10.