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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Monday’s game between Hardin-Central and visiting Wellington-Napoleon came down to free throws, with the Tigers making theirs to pull out a 79-78 victory. The Bulldogs led throughout the night until Wellington’s Levi Banner hit a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining in the game.
The Tigers, now 13-7 for the season, made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter after trailing 67-46 entering the final period. The Bulldogs, however, made 4 of 6 from the stripe – missing the front end of two 1-and-1’s – over the last 8 minutes.
Banner connected on all 12 of his free throw attempts in the game on his way to a 22-point night. Three other Tigers also scored in double digits. Dallas Reynolds scored 16 points, followed by Alex Rodenberg with 15 and Drew Bunch with 10.
The Bulldogs, now 17-3, held a 25-21 lead after one period and after each team scored 19 points in the second quarter, Hardin-Central held a 44-30 advantage. The Dawgs outscored Wellington-Napoleon 23-16 in the third, but free throws helped the visitors to a 23-11 advantage over the final frame.