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Pike rallies late again to beat Ben Davis

Pike rallies to another win when trailing in 4th quarter, this time erasing a 10-point deficit in last 4 minutes

12:00 AM, Dec. 01, 2012 EST

Pike is showing a flare for the dramatic this season, once again rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to post a dramatic win.

The Red Devils defeated host Ben Davis on Friday, winning 64-63 after erasing a 10-point deficit with under four minutes to play. Last week, Pike rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat North Central.

"Ben Davis came out strong and got us on our heels a little bit," said senior Jordan Pickett, who led Pike with 17 points. "We just stuck with it, and that shows the maturity of our team."

Pike once again also overcame a tremendous individual effort, as Ben Davis senior Tony Wills scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. In its previous game, Pike outlasted North Central freshman Eron Gordon, who had 31 points.

The Red Devils (2-0) beat Ben Davis with its defense, forcing 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter and 20 in the game. The Giants (1-1) held a 60-50 lead with 3:40 to play, but things quickly fell apart.

Pike scored seven points in 23 seconds, led by Pickett who had five in the stretch, including a layup off a steal of an inbounds pass.

Despite its turnover issues, Ben Davis had several chances to win. Brennan Gillis missed two free throws with 24 seconds left and the Giants ahead 63-62.

On the ensuing possession Pike point guard Zavier Turner drove the lane and found Kendall Rollins open for a layup.

"He penetrated and I was wide open on the block," Rollins said. "He made the pass, and I just had to make the layup."

Ben Davis missed three potential game-winning shots on its final possession over the final 5 seconds. Gillis missed a shot in the paint, while Michael Beaty and Wills each missed putbacks.

In the end, it was turnovers and free throws that made the difference, Giants coach Mark James said. Neither team shot well from the free throw line, but Pike had twice as many chances.

Pike shot 11-of-25 from the line; Ben Davis was 5-of-12.

"We made too many turnovers in the fourth quarter, and that is all on coaching because I didn't have my kids prepared enough for the type of pressure they were going to throw at us in the fourth," James said. "We also kept fouling their shooters. If there was a big difference in the game, I thought that was it."

Ben Davis also built a 32-22 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter. Pike closed the half on an 11-4 run.

"We were not very good defensively in the first half, but the pressing bailed us out," Pike coach Bill Zych said. "We won two games against two good teams -- North Central and Ben Davis -- so we're happy we're 2-0, but we know we have flaws we need to correct."

Jordan King had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ben Davis, while Broome added 10 points.



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