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Indians propelled by big fourth

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

CLOSE QUARTERS: Couch's Chris Taylor pulls up for a baseline shot in the Koshkonong Holiday Hoops Classic Nov. 30 against the Alton Comets. Photo/Mullins
After Kalon Honeycutt stroked his second trey of the game, just 15 seconds into the fourth period, the Alton Comets were in position to make a move, trailing the Couch Indians by just two points, 38-36.

But it was Couch that made the move, a move straight to the throttle.

Outscoring the Comets 24-10 the last seven minutes of play, the Indians topped Alton 62-46 in the opening round of pool play in the fifth annual Koshkonong Holiday Hoops Classic Nov. 30.

The battle between second-seeded Couch and sixth-seeded Alton was tight for the first three periods, with both sides jockeying for position.

Alton wanted to turn up the tempo and turn the game into a track meet, while the Indians were more content to work the ball around the perimeter in their halfcourt set.

Josh Brame (13 points) had a big first period for Couch, tossing in his team's first six points of the evening.

The Comets, meanwhile, countered with three triples from Zac Roberts (14 points) in the frame. For the game, Alton racked up nine 3-pointers.

Roberts popped a pair of long bombs in the last two minutes of the first to help ease the Comets in front 18-16 after one.

Couch pulled on top early in the second on back-to-back hoops from Derrick Martin (13 points) and Brame, but Zane Hatten nailed a pair of buckets in the paint midway into the stanza to square things at 24-all.

Brandin Orchard (nine points) scored the Indians' last three points of the first half to edge Couch in front 27-26 at the break.

And although it was still tight in the third, the Indians would not trail again in the contest between the two Oregon County rivals.

The Indians extended their cushion to 31-26 early in the third when Kevin Smith (14 points) sank a trey to stop Couch's 4-0 run.

Eddie Meier (nine points) and Brame posted back-to-back hoops to help push Couch by eight, 38-30, when Honeycutt (six points) closed the book on the third by drilling a much-needed trifecta for Alton.

Down 38-33 after the third period, the Comets slipped ever closer on Honeycutt's period-opening trey in the fourth, pulling Alton within two, 38-36.

Brad Hopper (seven points) then went on a personal 5-0 run for Couch, pushing the Indians back in front 43-36 with 6:24 left on the clock.

Alton tried, but just couldn't get any closer than three points from that point on and the Indians ended the game on an 10-2 run to close the game with a 62-46 victory.

Chris Taylor finished with nine points for Couch.

Randy Ray logged five points for Alton, with Thomas Prill hitting two and Mark Smith one for the Comets.

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