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Moore, Lions toe the line to beat Paw Paw

Boys basketball: LaMoille/Ohio 57, Paw Paw 52

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LAMOILLE – Six of six free throws by Dominic Moore over the game’s final minute helped the LaMoille/Ohio Lions hold off the Paw Paw Bulldogs, 57-52 Monday night, in a Little Ten Conference makeup game from Friday.

“Free throws are big. Free throws can win you games, and (missed) free throws can lose you games,” said L/O coach Kenny Shrimplin. “Tonight, they won our game. Dominic stepped up as a senior and made the free throws when we really needed them. He made them count. I’ll take the ‘W.’ I’m happy.”

All told, L/O connected on 19 of 28 free throws on the night.

The Lions built a 10-point lead, 46-36, with 6:33 to go in the fourth quarter. But that advantage eventually slipped to a single point, 48-47, with 1:42 left on the clock, as Paw Paw used an 11-2 run to tighten things up late.

L/O got a driving hoop from Luke Lovgren to make it 50-47.

Moore then made 2-2 free throws three times, coming at the :56.6, :31.9, and :22.1 marks of the fourth quarter. Paw Paw countered with a Tim McNally basket and a Brandon Heiman three-pointer. The Lions closed out the scoring with 1-2 free throws by Hunter Walzer, good for a five-point win.

L/O pushed out to leads of 11-7 after one period, then 28-23 at the half, before jumping in front by nine, 42-33, entering the final frame.

Brady Becker led the Lions (5-19, 2-5) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Moore (9) and Ryan Schultz (8) finished next for the winners, as all nine L/O players who saw action reached the scoring column.

Tim McNally paced the Bulldogs (6-19, 1-6) with game-highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds. McNally scored 16 of his 19 in the second half. Michael Lampson added 17 points, including five treys, while Heiman finished with 11.