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Jimtown's Adam DeShone (3) drives on New Prairie's Jasen Webb (4) Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Dylan Guldager (2) looks to pass as New Prairie's Noah Shail (40) defends Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Dylan Guldager (2) controls the ball as New Prairie's Tyler Weller (3) defends Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Chase Hoeflinger (5) directs his teammates Friday Jan. 17, 2014 against New Prairie. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Dylan Guldager (2) controls the ball as New Prairie's Jasen Webb (4) defends Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Trevor Hobbs (4) puts up a shot over New Prairie's Chad Swain (44) Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown's Trevor Hobbs (4) puts up a shot over New Prairie's Noah Shail (40) Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Jimtown head coach Ron Dietz (left) talks with New Prairie head coach Tim Scott before the varsity game at Jimtown Friday Jan. 17, 2014. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP) (Buy this photo)
NSC-leading Cougars hold off Jimmies
Posted on Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

JIMTOWN — New Prairie stayed atop the Northern State Conference boys basketball standings by holding off a young Jimtown squad.

With a 54-44 victory Friday, Jan. 17, the Cougars improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the NSC while the Jimmies fell to 5-5 and 1-2.

No stranger to close games in 2013-14, New Prairie didn’t panic when the Cougars’ lead that swelled to 13 points in the second quarter was cut to two by the Jimmies in the third quarter.

“We do show decent mental toughness,” said New Prairie coach Tim Scott, whose squad had wins against Marian, Triton and Culver and a loss to Westville all hinge on the last shot of regulation time.

The Cougars led 21-8 with a little over three minutes left in the first half. Jimtown cut the gap to 31-29 at the 3::42 mark of the third quarter. New Prairie never let the hosts get closer than four points the rest of the way.

Cougars junior Jasen Webb canned 11 of 12 shots at the foul stripe on the way to a game-high 24 points.

Sophomore Dylan Guldager paced the Jimmies with 16 points while sophomore Trevor Hobbs netted 13. Both players tallied nine points after halftime.

“Dylan Guldager did a great job of bringing his energy into the game for us,” said Jimtown coach Ron Dietz. “He did a great job of attacking the basket.”

NEW PRAIRIE 54, JIMTOWN 44

New Prairie — Chad Swain 2-3 3-4 8, Noah Shail 3-5 3-5 9, Luke Ketterer 3-4 1-2 7, Jared Monhaut 3-10 0-0 6, Jasen Webb 6-8 11-12 24, Tyler Weller 0-0 0-0 0, Conner Scott 0-1 0-0 0, David Walberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-31 (.548) 18-23 54.

Jimtown — Nick Floyd 3-10 0-0 8, Chase Hoeflinger 1-8 0-0 2, Trevor Hobbs 5-7 3-7 13, Adam DeShone 1-5 0-0 3, Dylan Guldager 4-13 8-11 16, Austin Secor 0-2 0-0 0, Kain Templeton 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Pawlak 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 15-47 (.319) 11-18 (.611) 44.

Scoring By Quarters

New Prairie 14 10 17 13 — 54

Jimtown 4 11 17 12 — 44

3-point goals: New Prairie (2-14) — Swain 1-1, Webb 1-3; Jimtown (3-14) — Floyd 2-7, DeShone 1-3.

Rebounds: New Prairie (30) — Monhaut 7, Shail 6, Swain 4, Scott 4; Jimtown (22) — Floyd 5, Hoeflinger 4, Hobbs 4.

Turnovers: New Prairie 18, Jimtown 11.

Fouls: New Prairie 17, Jimtown 19. Fouled out — Templeton (5:01, third quarter), Swain (:39.9, fourth.

Officials: Jeff Nix, Valparaiso; Jeff Rhody, Crown Point; Dave Brenza, Chesterton.

Records: New Prairie 6-3 (3-0 NSC), Jimtown 5-5 (1-2 NSC).

Next: Triton at New Prairie Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Bi-County Tournament; Jimtown at Westview Saturday, Jan. 25.

JV: Jimtown 40, New Prairie 35. Top scorers: Jimtown — Blane Bender 10, Sevon Gillespie 9, Sa Pawlak 7, Dalton Whitman 7; New Prairie — Justin Baltes 15, Dylan Kegley 11. JV records: Jimtown 6-4, New Prairie 3-6.