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Walk the line

Coshocton knocks down foul shots to secure win


12:00 AM, Dec. 21, 2012 EST

Coshocton's Sam Magness makes a quick pass inside under pressure from Meadowbrook defenders during the first half on Friday night. / Paul Robbins/Tribune

COSHOCTON — 

The foul line has been somewhat of a problem for the Coshocton boys basketball team this season.

However, the Redskins bucked the trend on Friday night -- knocking down 9 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to fend off visiting Meadowbrook, 46-42, in East Central Ohio League action at the Wigwam.

"I'm sure it is on everyone's scouting reports that we don't shoot free throws well," CHS coach Tom Hilgenberg said. "Tonight, we had guys step up and knock them down when we needed them."

The host Redskins made only three shots from the floor in the fourth quarter, but free throws kept the Colts at arms length as the teams played to a 15-15 draw in the final frame.

Sophomore Dylan Brown knocked down 5-of-6 foul shots in the fourth for the Redskins.

Coshocton unveiled a more patient offensive game plan in the first half, and it worked well as Coshocton jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and settled for a 15-8 lead at the first stoppage.

Tanner Cognion scored six points, and Kyle Corder added five in the second quarter as the hosts led 26-16 at the half.

"We hadn't been playing very well (as) of late and I thought we needed to slow things down a little and get some better looks at the hoop," Hilgenberg said. "We wanted to slow it down and control tempo. I thought we did a great job of that in the first half."

In the third quarter, Meadowbrook picked up the intensity at the defensive end and fought its way back into the game.

Dalton Singleton went on his own 8-0 run to bring the Colts within 28-26 with 3:10 left in the quarter before Sam Magness drained a 3-pointer to send CHS into the final quarter with a 31-27 lead.

"We knew they would crank it up in the second half," Hilgenberg said. "Part of it was my fault because I was calling sets too quickly and not running a little clock first."

However, Meadowbrook never got closer than a 2-point margin in the fourth quarter.

Cognion finished with 17 points and four rebounds to pace the Redskins, and Corder finished with 13 points, four steals and four assists.

"Tanner gave us another solid performance tonight, and I thought Kyle really bounced back well tonight," Hilgenberg said. "We have great senior leadership and they are doing a great job of bringing the young kids along."

Singleton had 18 points, and Cameron Summers added 15 for the Colts.

Sam Magness had 13 points to pace the Coshocton reserves in a 47-39 victory against the Colts. David Jirles had 13 points to pace Meadowbrook.

 

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