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Written by Jim Buchberger   
Monday, January 07, 2013 6:01 PM

WILMINGTON – South Dearborn boys basketball played like champions when it counted Saturday night.

Coach Rick Shumate’s Knights may be only 4-6 so far this season. But they were plenty good enough to win an intense battle of wills against Lawrenceburg, 45-42, for the school’s seventh River Town Classic title in the history of the 13-year tournament.

Led by strong second-half performance by surprise tournament MVP Collier Holtegel (15 points), SD took its final lead in the seesaw battle with 1:56 left, on their MVP’s huge one-and-one free throw conversion.

“As I've said all along, we go if he goes,” Shumate said. “He's such an integral part of what we do offensively and defensively. The same thing happened last year. We had a lot of guys play well, including Trent Moorhead and Adam Bailey off the bench. But, when Collier plays well, we usually play well as a team.”

Holtegel, the Knights’ mercurial 6’4” post man who’s come to be known as a barometer for South Dearborn’s success in the past two seasons, seemed to be there for key baskets at several points Saturday.

Last Updated on Monday, January 07, 2013 6:49 PM