By ROB HAMILTON
The Mount Gilead boys got back into the win column on Tuesday by taking a 61-48 win over Crestline.
The Indians led 12-10 after the first quarter and expanded their lead to a 27-14 advantage at the half. They would outscore the Bulldogs 24-20 in the third quarter to hold a 17-point lead entering the final frame on their way to the double-digit win.
Mount Gilead had balanced scoring in the game. Zack Hosack hit three shots from three-point range and led the team with 11 points, while Deondre Cook scored 10, Alex Ferguson went for nine and Austin Vanderkooi added eight.
Highland was unable to overcome a slow start on Tuesday in a 53-46 loss to Big Walnut in a non-conference game.
The Eagles took a 17-7 lead after the opening period. While Highland outscored them 19-12 in the second quarter, they still trailed 29-26 at the half. Both teams scored nine in the third quarter, but Big Walnut took the fourth by a 15-11 margin to finish on top.
Quin Winkelfoos finished with 10 points to lead the Scots, while both Trent Mason and Shane Carney added eight.
Cardington fell to Danville in a high-scoring game Tuesday by a 78-70 margin.
The Pirates led 17-15 after the first quarter, but were outscored 19-12 in the second to fall behind by a 34-29 margin at the half. Danville then took the third 16-14 and the fourth 28-27 to finish with the win.
For Cardington, Devin Pearl hit five three-pointers on his way to a 23-point effort. Derek Goodman added 18, while Dalton Snider scored 14.
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