Indians toughen up in loss to Bronson

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By Jenna McKenna

Bronson beat Chiefland in the Indians' house, 63-49; but for a late run and some clutch free throws, it might have been a lot tighter.

"I was surprised by how quickly they got to the basket on us," said Eagles' head coach Kelly Beckham. "We really had to tighten up our defense."

Host Chiefland put its best foot forward by taking the first possession in for a basket. Tommy Sheffield rebounded Eugene Carter to start the Indians on an early lead.

The Indians stayed ahead for most of the first quarter, winding up eight points on a nice up-and-under by Stephen Davis and four free throws by Travis Donald.

Bronson got it together after facing a 6-0 deficit, and got on the board with a big cut-in shot by William Harris. Wilfredo Encarnacion and Terrance Dukes got to the line for a combined three of four, but it was Kelby Barber's three-pointer that gave the Eagles the 10-8 lead with a minute to go in the first.

Dukes opened the second quarter with a basket off the dish by Dion Thomas, but Reggie McClendon answered for Chiefland. Bronson pulled ahead with a deep two-pointer from James Rivers, followed by a Dion Thomas layup.

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