FOREST CITY – The conference crown in the Top of Iowa Conference West Division boys basketball race came down to a winner-take-all matchup as the top two teams, Bishop Garrigan and Forest City, played it out Monday.
The Indians trailed by three entering the fourth quarter, but the Forest City quickness finally wore down the taller Golden Bears in a 60-53 Forest City victory.
“We told the kids if we kept it close, we have been here before,” Forest City coach Dan Rosacker said. “We had so many guys do so many things well. It takes a team effort.”
The difference in the fourth quarter was the Indians’ ability to force Garrigan turnovers that they were then able to convert to easy baskets that weren't available earlier in the game.
The Indians forced eight turnovers during the final eight minutes and added 7-for-11 shooting from the floor over that same time span to overcome the deficit and pull away.
Forest City was also 7-for-9 from the free-throw line down the stretch to outscore the Bears 23-13 in the final stanza.
Avery Busta, a senior point guard, led the Indians with 19 points.
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Noah Miller, a sophomore guard, scored 11 in the fourth quarter and finished with 16 for the game.
Angelo Winkel had 16 to lead the Golden Bears while T.J. Schnurr finished with 13.
The win gives the 17-3 Indians the outright conference crown.
The Golden Bears fell to 15-5 overall.
Both teams will play in the Top of Iowa Conference crossover matchups on Tuesday before boys tournament play.