Kickapoo spoils Lebanon Courtwarming on Friday night

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Lebanon High School boys’ basketball coach Adam Thornhill speaks to his team in a timeout during a high school boys’ basketball game against the Kickapoo Chiefs on Friday night at Boswell Auditorium. The ‘Jackets lost the contest, 76-67.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Despite playing one of their better games the season, the Lebanon High School boys’ basketball team fell just short to the Kickapoo Chiefs on Courtwarming night in Boswell Auditorium, 76-67.

The ‘Jackets pulled within four points late in the fourth quarter, but a 7-2 run by the Chiefs helped them hold on to the win.

Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill said he felt like his team played well and took a big step forward in the right direction.

“I thought we played hard and competed, but we don’t want just to feel good that we almost beat Kickapoo or had a chance to beat Kickapoo, that is a game we want to win,” Thornhill said after the loss.

“We are right there with them. A positive is that we gave our chance to beat Kickapoo which hasn’t often happened in Lebanon history.

“There are a lot of positives, but there were a lot of disappointed guys down in the locker room that felt like we could’ve and should’ve won.”

Trailing 34-32 at halftime, Lebanon and Kickapoo came out in the second half both knocking down shots consistently, and LHS was able to tie the game at 50 apiece with 3:30 left in the quarter, but had no answer for KHS guards Sam Wallin and Tanner Oetting.

Wallin led all scorers with 24 points, and Oetting chipped in 22 on Friday and was without freshman standout Anton Brookshire who has already picked up an offer from UNLV but is out for the season with a foot injury.

“We knew coming in that he wasn’t going to play and we wish the best for him because he is a really special player,” Thornhill said. “We were hoping that he was going to play, but we had to focus on Oetting and Wallin, and we didn’t do a great job of guarding.”

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