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2/14/2017 5:21:00 PM
Coalers battle Seneca in barn-burner

Coal City's varsity boys basketball team put in a valiant effort Friday night, but wound up losing a heart-breaker to Seneca, 58-57.

Fans were in for a treat, as the game was truly a battle from the initial whistle, with both teams trading leads down the stretch.

Seneca took a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-12, but Coal City stayed right with the Fighting Irish at half-time, trailing by just one point, 30-29.

Both teams recorded the same number of points in the third (14) to keep the game within one, and Coal City claimed the lead in the fourth.

The Coalers had the lead in the closing seconds of the game, but Seneca would come up with a huge shot at the buzzer, winning by one point.

"This game was a battle from beginning to end," said Coaler coach Keith Kiper. "They had a lot of energy that we needed to match. I thought we did a great job playing through the environment."

Jake Brnca was hot from beyond the arc, going 4-for-4 on three's, as he led the team offensively with 17 points.

Christian Johnson and Zack Nolan both followed with 13 points. Johnson went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Kaleb Spreitzer added 12 points on the night, while Ryan Chapman finished with two points.

Coal City 53,

Pontiac 41

The Coalers picked up a non-conference win on Tuesday, as they defeated Pontiac by 12 points.

Coal City trailed throughout the first half of the game, and went into the locker room down, 30-21.

"We were down 20-9 at one point in the first half, and were able to fight back," said head coach Keith Kiper. "We held them to three points in the third, which propelled us to the win."

They fought back in the second half, outscoring Pontiac in the third, 14-3 to take a 35-33 lead into the final frame.

The Coalers recorded their biggest quarter in the fourth, finishing with 18 points, as they held the opposition to only eight points to clinch the win.

Four players finished with double-digit points, as Johnson and Spreitzer led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Blake Harseim added 12 points, and Jake Brnca followed with 11.

Chapman added two points, while Nolan rounded out the effort with one point.

Harseim, Nolan and Johnson also commanded the boards, finishing with six rebounds each.

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