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Still crowded at the top of the NIC-10

Feb 01, 2013 -- 4:09pm

Hononegah and Belvidere was slated to be a game to watch when it was scheduled for last Friday; when both teams were 6-2 and trailing East in the standings.  With the game postponed until Tuesday, the top of the conference had the opportunity to change a little more before the #2 and #3  teams would meet.

The Jefferson J-Hawks pulled out a narrow but important 62-59 win over East on Satuday, dropping the E-Rabs to  7-2 and putting Jefferson at 5-4 and over .500 for the first time this season.

That meant that by the time the Bucs and Indians tipped off of January 29th, both teams were in a tie with East for the top spot in the conference.  Boylan, with their recent win over Guilford, sat one game back at 6-3, and Jefferson and Auburn were both two games behind.

It was no surprise that the matchup between Hononegah and Belvidere was a close one.  We can expect at this point that when any of these top six teams meet, it's going to be a barn burner.  Jack Granath once again led the Indians in scoring with 13 points, 11 of them coming in the first half, and was a perfect 8-8 at the foul line.  Jake Wilson also put up 13 points, including three shots from behind the arc.  The big 3-pointer  of the night came from Honegah's Ryan Sughroue to put the Indians up 43-42 with under two minutes remaning.

But Belvidere had played a tough second half and answered with a layup from senior center Ian Carlson.  Carlson had five points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter and was the difference maker for the Bucs defense after halftime.  Kane Steger led the Bucs in scoring with 13 points, followed by Joe Byers with nine points.  Byers also had eight rebounds.

Belvidere beat the Hononegah Indians 46-43.  The Bucs are now tied for first in the NIC-10 with East and take on the Guilford Vikings this Friday.  Hononegah will meet the Jefferson J-Hawks at home.

by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
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