Indians beat Chelsea in celebration game
A 19 point fourth quarter propelled Tecumseh’s varsity boys basketball team past visiting Chelsea on Friday, Feb. 15, as the Indians defeated the pesky Bulldogs 45-33 in the Southeastern Conference contest.
Tecumseh held a one point 9-8 lead after one quarter of play and the Bulldogs matched basket for basket in the second quarter before tying the game 19-19 from the free throw line just before the end of the first half.
The Indians had both Casey Hunt and Nick Coffin on the TICWISS (Tecumseh Indians Celebrate Winter Indoor Sports Season) court. Coffin was crowned king while Emily Maves was selected as the Indians’ queen.
Jacob Britt and Carey each connected from the field for Tecumseh in the third quarter but Chelsea also scorched the net twice to keep pace with the Indians.
Britt tagged the net again and was fouled with 4:42 on the third quarter clock. He made it a three point play by hitting nothing but net at the charity stripe and gave the Indians a 26-23 lead to end the third quarter.
Ben Kasper opened the fourth quarter for Tecumseh with a three point bucket and after Chelsea connected from the field Ben Vannatter struck the net from the three point arch for a 32-25 lead.
Chelsea cut its deficit to four points (32-28) with 5:11 left on the clock but foul trouble and poor shooting from the field didn’t allow for a Bulldog comeback.
With 3:08 remaining in the final quarter the Bulldogs went over their foul limit and sent Jimmy Terry to the free throw line. Terry connected on both shots for a 10-point, 38-28, Tecumseh lead.
Chelsea’s Shon Kuhn fouled out of the game with 1:13 left in the game. The Indians lost no player to fouls and had recorded just six at the time.
The final minute of the game turned into a foul festival but the Indians struggled from the charity stripe the entire fourth quarter, connecting on just 7-of-19 free throw shots to close out the game.
Kasper, Britt and Hunt combined for 36 of Tecumseh’s points with each scoring 12 points to lead the Indians’ offense. Bryan finished with five points while Vannatter added four.
The Indians evened out their season record to 8-8 overall with the big victory.
In its previous contest at home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Tecumseh defeated visiting Jackson Northwest 53- 41.
Bryan and Britt each scored 11 points to lead the Indians’ offense. Hunt chipped in 10 points for Tecumseh while Kasper added nine.
Tecumseh was scheduled to face Dexter on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in its final regular season home game and then travel to Ypsilanti on Friday, Feb. 22. Results from the contests will be reported in next week’s Tecumseh Herald.