A pivotal fourth quarter proved to be the difference maker for Shawe boys basketball in a 50-44 lost at Rising Sun in an Ohio River Valley Conference game on Friday.

Leading 27-26 after three quarters, the Hilltoppers looked to be in the driver's seat to win their second game of the season. But a Rising Sun offense that was virtually non-existent for most of the game suddenly came to life for a decisive 13-0 run that put the game away.

With Shawe up by seven early in the fourth quarter, Rising Sun embarked on a 17-3 run over the next four and one-half minutes to lead 50-40 with under 30 seconds remaining. The Hilltoppers desperately made a comeback attempt in the final seconds but got no closer than six to fall 50-44.

Rising Sun (3-7, 1-0 ORVC) outscored Shawe 24-17 in the fourth quarter but Hilltopper head coach Matt Traylor was quick to point out a lot of those points could have been prevented.

"We turned the ball over and gave up lay-ups on defense but it's hard to get back on defense when you turn the ball over at half court," Traylor said. "We had a few things that didn't go our way tonight and when things went against us we rolled over and buckled and that's it."

Shawe got off to the start the Hilltoppers wanted, playing relaxed and disciplined on the offensive end to lead 12-7 after the first quarter. But Shawe's turnover problems popped up in the second quarter and allowed Rising Sun to take a 20-15 lead. The Hilltoppers' offense rallied just before halftime for a 5-0 run that sent the two teams to the lockerroom tied 20-20.

Both teams struggled from the field in the third quarter prior to the decisive fourth frame, combining for only 13 points. And while it was obvious Rising Sun would make significant strides shooting the basketball, Shawe just never seemed to get going.

"Minus the points we scored right at the end of the game we really had a hard time scoring late in the game and for much of the second half," Traylor said. "We start rushing and pressing ourselves and mentally we think one possession is going to make everything better. We have to realize that it takes more than one possession to make things happen."

Shawe was just 13-of-39 from the field for 33 percent and 3-of-14 from the 3-point line. Brad Koehler led the Hilltoppers with 16 points while Kaelan Jines joined him in double figures with 12.

Mitchell Morris and Austin Armstrong had 11 points each for Rising Sun.

Shawe (1-13, 1-3 ORVC) now prepares for what will be its toughest weekend of the season next week. The Hilltoppers host Switzerland County (10-1) on Friday before making their first trip to Salm Gym since Feb. 20, 2004 to renew their crosstown rivalry with Class 3A No. 10 Madison.

"At some point we've got to be able to play through obstacles," Traylor said. "We think we're doing some things better but when things get tougher we melt. Friday and Saturday it's going to get tougher."

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FRIDAY's BOYS GAME

at Rising Sun

RISING SUN 50, SHAWE 44



SHAWE 12 8 7 17 - 44

RISING SUN 7 13 6 24 - 50



SHAWE (1-13, 1-3 ORVC) - (f)Koehler 16, (g)Jines 12, (g)Rhoten 8, Thevenow 3, (g)C. Grote 3, (g)Wisman 2, W. Grote 0, Bear 0.



RISING SUN (3-7, 1-0 ORVC) - (g)Morris 11, (g)A.Armstrong 11, K.Armstrong 10, (g)Uhlmansiek 7, (f)Sporleder 7, Murray 4, (f)McClellan 0.



3-Point Goals - Shawe 3 (Jines 3), Rising Sun 3 (Uhlmansiek 1, Morris 1, A.Armstrong 1). Rebounds - Shawe 23 (Koehler 5), Rising Sun 29 (Morris 8). Assists - Shawe 5 (Thevenow 2, Koehler 2), Rising Sun 4 (A.Armstrong 2). Turnovers - Shawe 15, Rising Sun 15. Free Throws - Shawe 11-15, Rising Sun 15-29. Fouled Out - Shawe: Rhoten. Next Game - Shawe hosts Switzerland Co. Friday; Rising Sun visits Waldron today.