Brookfield saved its best for last, outlasting Clark County in the final period in a 45-40 victory in Friday's boys varsity basketball action.

Trailing by five, 35-30, early in the fourth, the Bulldogs grabbed the lead with a 6-0 run, started by a pair of free throws by Phoenix Jordan (8 points, 2 assists, rebound, steal). A steal by John Walgren (6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) led to two more free throws by Hayden DeJong (8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), who then added another bucket on a steal and score.

The next several minutes featured missed opportunities and sloppy play by both teams, as the score remained, 36-35. The 'Dogs finally struck again with a 7-0 burst, ignited by a drive and short jumper in the lane by Hank Parks (5 rebounds, block), who scored a game-high 21 points. Bryson Shoop (1 point, 2 rebounds, assist, steal) then snared a deflection by Parks and fed Jordan for a layup. DeJong and Walgren then teamed for a deflection, steal, dish and score, with the former scoring the basket for a 43-35 advantage.

The Indians, who were held scoreless for over four minutes, finally managed a free throw with 1:50 remaining. They then scored two buckets on a pair of Brookfield turnovers to pull to within, 43-40 with 38.6 seconds to go. However, the 'Dogs squelched the rally with free throws by Kendrell Carter (1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Shoop.

The Bulldogs (7-12, 1-3 CCC), who earned their first conference win, visit South Shelby on Tuesday.

-Dennis Hughes
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