SHELBYVILLE – East
Central boys basketball saw its clock-killing slowdown tactics work
fairly well in last Friday's regular season finale loss to No.
Coach David Disbro's
Trojans (9-13 final) held the vaunted Pirates to 22 points below
their scoring average in a 54-38 homecourt loss.
A 20-point underdog
against Columbus East (now 17-4) in Tuesday night's Class 4A
Sectional 14 first-round matchup, EC had no choice but to try to play
it the same.
It worked for
awhile. Trojans were able to keep the score within four points at
Getting a defensive
stop and scoring to open the third quarter, East Central crept within
two points. Trojans were still within five, with possession, late in
the third quarter.
In the end, however,
East's Olympians were just too potent for EC to avoid the 61-44 loss
– its fifth-straight first-round tourney exit.