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BB 1A SECT. 59: #2 host Edinburgh holds off Morristown (barely), 64-62

March 12, 2012
Edinburgh High School

By Steve McClure
Contributing Writer

EDINBURGH – For the third straight year, Edinburgh's boys basketball team finds itself in a Class A sectional championship game following a spine-tingling 64-62 semifinal win March 2 over Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown before a capacity crowd.

The second-ranked Lancers, who will be seeking their second sectional crown in three years, will take on Indianappolis Lutheran, which defeated Waldron 62-59 in the second contest Friday.

When Edinburgh took a 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, it appeared the Lancers had the Yellow Jackets backed into a corner. Yet in the end, with precious seconds ticking away, the Lancers nearly let this one get away before prevailing by hitting key free throws in the final minute – two by senior guard Corey Burton and one by senior Caleb Allen.

The Yellow Jackets' miraculous comeback was engineered by one player: senior Dylan Langakebel. Langkabel put the team on his back and finished with a game-high 40 points to go with seven rebounds.

Edinburgh pretty much had locked up the 6'4" shooting guard in the first half, when he had only one field goal in the first quarter and was limited to just 10 points by halftime with the Lancers on top 31-21. When things got very interesting in the third and fourth periods, however, Langakabel lit up the scoreboard.

He was 5 of 6 from the field (including a 3-pointer) and added two free throws in the third quarter. If that wasn't enough, Langkabel handled the ball on each possession in the fourth quarter, hitting 7 of 10 from the field including two threes. But he missed a desperation shot at midcourt that would have given the Yellow Jackets the victory.

Breathing a sigh of relief as he relaxed in his office chair, Edinburgh second-year coach Drew Glentzer said he knew Langkabel was capable of a game like that – but not to the extent of just how much game he does have.

"We kept him down for awhile," Glentzer said. "I think he finally realized 'this is my last game' and he put the team on his back."

"He did everything. We just had to hold on."

Senior Kyle Wuest, who drew the assignment of guarding Langkabel just like in their reglar-season game when the Lancers beat Morristown on the Yellow Jackets' home floor, shook his head and then smiled, knowing that his team will be in the sectional championship game Saturday night.

"Even though we didn't shoot free throws very well (14 of 27), it's all about advancing," Wuest said. "It's what coach always says: Whoever can handle the adversity best is going to be the ones cutting down the nets."

Langkabel said that when his shots started to fall, he knew he could keep up the rhythm to carry his team.

"This is something I've had to do for the last four years, so it's nothing new," Langkabel said. "I did it all I could for my team, and I know they backed me.

"When we got within five, I thought 'we're right there.' We tried to make that final push to get over the hump, but they made a couple more plays than we did.

"The Lancers (20-2), who have won 13 straight, finished with four players in double figures as seniors Jordan Burton and Caelb Allen each scored 16 points, while Corey Burton and Wuest chipped in with 14 apiece.

It was Allen's outside shooting in the first half that gave the Lancers their biggest lead of the game at 25-9 with a little over five minutes left. By game's end, Allen had knocked down five of his six attempts from outside the arc.

Both Wuest and Jordan Burton ran into foul trouble in the second quarter with two personals each. They would not return until the start of the second half.

With Wuest and Burton on the bench, senior forward Patrick Kennedy picked up the slack and scored two key field goals in the final minute of the half.

Despite Langkabel's performance, the Lancers stayed on top and went ahead 45-30 just before the third quarter ended. But the 15-point margin would not last long.

As Langkabel took control in the final period, the Yellow Jackets got within five points at 53-48 with 3:35 remaining. A full timeout by Glentzer did little to stop the Morristown comeback.

Langkabel missed an 18-foot jump shot at the top of the key but made good when he charged down the lane for an offensive rebound and basket to cut the Lancers' lead to 55-52. As the teams traded baskets and free throws, Langkabel hit what looked like an impossible shot from the corner for another 3-pointer, and the Yellow Jackets (15-7) trailed by only three with 1:13 remaining.

Another 3-point attempt by the Morristown senior rimmed out, but junior Jared Prange rebounded and scored a layup before Allen hit one of two free throws with only 2.6 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

The box score:

Morristown   7 14 15 26 -- 62
Edinburgh  19 12 17 16 -- 64

Morristown -- Dylan Langkabel 16-25 5-6 40, Jeremy Manning 1-6 1-2 3, Kyler Brewer 1-3 0-0 3, Max Escamilla 0-2 2-4 2, Phillip Nolen 1-4 0-0 3, A.J. Baker 1-2 0-0 2, Jared Prange 3-10 3-4 9. Totals: 23-52 11-16 62.
Edinburgh -- Jordan Burtonl 7-15 2-6 16, Caleb Allen 5-6 1-2 16, Corey Burton 3-7 7-10 14, Kyle Wuest 4-10 4-7 14, Patrick Kennedy 2-6 0-0 4 Caleb Giles 0-3 0-0 0, Ryan Burton 0-3 0-0 0, Trent Tatlock 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 14-27 64.

Three-point shooting: Morristown 5-15 (Langkabel 3-7, Manning 0-2, Brewer 1-2, Nolen 1-3, Prange 0-1), Edinburgh 8-17 (C. Burton 1-4, Caleb Giles 0-3, Wuest 2-4, Allen 5-6, Kennedy 0-1). Rebounds: Morristown 29 (Langkael 7, Prange 7), Edinburgh 25 (J. Burton 6, Wuest 6). Fouls: Morristown 20 (Brewer fouled out), Edinburgh 17.

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