By KEVIN HARRIS
SALEM – Class 3A No. 9 Salem denied Jeffersonville head coach Joe Luce his 300th career victory Tuesday night, as the host Lions won in overtime 85-79.
The Red Devils (14-9) went up 75-69 with 1:10 remaining in regulation when sophomore guard Joe LaGrange hit a pair of free throws. But Salem (19-2) got back-to-back 3-pointers from Hunter Weedin and Jaelen Nice to tie the game at 75 and force overtime.
Jeff had a fast start in the extra session. Freshman guard Jacob Jones converted two consecutive layups to put the Red Devils up 79-75 with 2:52 left.
But Jeff went scoreless after that. The Lions ended the game on a 10-0 run, with eight of their 10 points coming at the free-throw line.
Junior Bailey Falkenstein led the Red Devils with 25 points. Jeff senior Mike Minton scored 20 points, as he nailed six 3-pointers. Jeff freshman forward Tre Coleman scored 11 points, while Jones had 11 assists and nine points. Coleman, Jones and Red Devil junior Gerrin Moore each grabbed seven rebounds.
Senior Seth Hobson paced Salem with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Jeffrey Burch scored 17 points, while Weedin had 16 points and seven boards. Lion senior Derek Cornett distributed six assists.
Tuesday was the first time the teams have played since the 1957-58 season. It was Salem’s first victory over Jeff since the 1929-30 campaign.
The Red Devils, whose winning streak ended at six games, will travel to Class 4A No. 8 Castle (19-3) for their regular-season finale at 8 p.m. EDT Friday. The Lions will visit Borden (11-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
SALEM 85, JEFFERSONVILLE 79, OT
Jeff 22 15 18 20 4-79
Salem 19 14 24 18 10-85
Jeff (14-9): Bailey Falkenstein 25, Mike Minton 20, Tre Coleman 11, Jacob Jones 9, Joe LaGrange 7, Gerrin Moore 7.
Salem (19-2): Seth Hobson 24, Jeffrey Burch 17, Hunter Weedin 16, Xavier Haendiges 15, Jaelen Nice 10, Derek Cornett 3.
3-point field goals: Jeff 12 (Minton 6, Falkenstein 4, Jones 1, LaGrange 1); Salem 7 (Burch 3, Nice 2, Hobson 1, Weedin 1).