Basketball

Attucks survives multiple Tindley comebacks, pulls out win

Attucks topped Tindley in overtime action Thursday night.

Attucks topped Tindley in overtime action Thursday night.

INDIANAPOLIS – Class 3A No. 9 Crispus Attucks blew sizable first- and second-half leads, but held on in overtime for an 89-86 victory over Class A No. 1 Tindley on Thursday night.

“Somehow our kids found a way to get stops and make free throws, and that’s something we didn’t do early in the season,” said Attucks coach Christopher Hawkins, whose team went 8-for-8 at the foul line in OT. “I like where this is headed. With the sectional coming up, we want to be playing our best basketball.”

Tindley hung tough despite a brutal start that led to a 16-point deficit.

“We have to find a way to start off better,” Tindley coach Bob Wonnell said. “They came out and shot really well, so give them credit, but that might’ve had something to do with our defense, not closing out. I think this showed how much fight this group has. They play hard, together and until that final buzzer goes off.”

Nike Sibande had 29 points for Attucks (13-4), including six in overtime.

“He’s a multifaceted player, very unselfish, too, wants to get his teammates involved,” Hawkins said. “He’s a great warrior, loves the gym and the game.”

Eric Hunter tallied 40 points for Tindley (12-6), with seven 3-pointers.

“He’s been that way all year long,” Wonnell said. “You see the shot-making ability, but if you watch him play defense, rebound, pass and how hard he plays, he sets the tone for the rest of the team.”

Attucks opened with an 11-0 run and hit six of its first seven 3-pointers, including two each by Sibande and Alex Cooley, who finished with 19 points.

Up 16 early in the second quarter, Attucks cooled down and Hunter got hot. Hunter’s 22 first-half points included three from 3-point range in the second quarter. Attucks briefly gave up the lead, but reassumed it on a Sibande rimmed-in 3 at the halftime buzzer.

“That was kind of fool’s gold, all those 3s going in early. Tindley’s a great team, and I knew they would claw back into the game,” Hawkins said.

Sibande had nine points in the third quarter to help push Attucks to an eight-point lead with six minutes left, but a 3 by Hunter sparked a late Tindley rally that forced OT.

Attucks scored the first six points of overtime, and weathered yet another Tindley rally for the win.

Teyon Scanlan (12 points) and Zac Owens (10) also scored in double figures for Attucks, while Hunter White had 23 for Tindley.

“We didn’t pull it out, but what a game to be a part of,” Wonnell said. “The cheerleaders, the fans, everybody — you can’t simulate that kind of environment before you get to the tournament.”

 ATTUCKS 89, TINDLEY 86

Tindley       15        27       16        19         11        —  86

Attucks      29         16       17        13        14        —  89

Tindley (12-6) — Johnson 2 0-0 4, White 8 7-13 23, McMahon 1 2-2 4, Coleman 1 0-0 2, Hunter 14 5-6 40, Knox 1 0-0 3, Young 2 1-1 5, Murff 2 1-1 5. Totals 31 16-23 86.

Attucks (13-4) — Poole 1 1-2 3, Scanlan 5 2-3 14, Cooley 6 5-6 19, Harris 3 1-3 8, Briscoe 2 0-0 4, Owens 2 6-6 10, Sibande 11 4-5 29, Edwards 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 19-25 89.

3-point goals: Tindley 8 (Hunter 7, Knox), Attucks 8 (Scanlan 3, Sibande 3, Cooley 2, Harris)