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Red Ramblers out duel Chargers in OT

KNIGHTSTOWN — North Montgomery’s losing skid has hit four games. The Chargers offense dwindled in the final moments of a 71-63 overtime loss to Attica Saturday at the Hoosier Gym.

The Chargers (6-10) outscored Attica 20-11 in the second quarter to take a 37-28 lead into halftime, but allowed the Red Ramblers to claw back in the second half and force overtime.

Seniors Caleb Randolph and Mitch Merica generated a Chargers run to put North Montgomery back up 48-41, but the Red Ramblers didn’t go away. Attica retook the lead early in the fourth period 49-48 and both teams bounced back and forth the rest of the way.

In all the last eight minutes consisted of three ties and eight lead changes. After Merica hit a 3-pointer with 2:37 to go to put the Chargers in front 59-57, Durham answered at the other end to force overtime.

The Red Ramblers (6-8) started the extra period on a 5-0 run and the Chargers couldn’t keep up.

Randolph and junior Justin Clary combined for 31 first half points, but couldn’t match the same production in the second half. Randolph led all scorers with 26, while Clary added 19. Merica scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half for the Chargers.

Danforth thinks the Chargers need to continue to work on being patient on offense to find success.

North Montgomery will be back in action Thursday at Benton Central.

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