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Written by Jim Buchberger   
Monday, February 11, 2013 6:27 PM

ST. LEON – Don’t ever underestimate the intensity of the East Central/Batesville boys basketball rivalry.

Avenging their 65-63 squeaker loss at the Dog Pound Dec. 8 – with a vengeance – coach David Disbro's underdog Trojans (10-9, 5-3) executed a near-perfect game plan to unseat No. 6 Batesville from its spot as Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference co-leader.

Winner of 13-straight coming into Saturday afternoon's rematch, Aaron Garrett's Bulldogs (15-2, 8-2) were pushed outside their comfort zone, and into deep foul trouble that allowed EC to walk to the free throw line 44 times – second-most in school history – and convert a crucial 32.

“It was fun,” said Disbro, whose team's quick, aggressive 3-2 zone defense, plus some box-and-one on BHS scoring leader Bryan Hoeing (18 points) and man-to-man, kept the Dogs on the perimeter – where they misfired to the tune of 8-35 three-pointers (22.9 percent).

He added: “There were maybe 15 people in the world who thought this would happen going in. All of them were right here in this locker room.”

Last Updated on Monday, February 11, 2013 6:36 PM