Boys Varsity Basketball · Miracle on “44th Street,” Lion manager caps off win over Jeeps with shot for the ages

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63 Loogootee High School
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On February 22, 1980, Mike Eruzione’s game-winning shot propelled the United States hockey team over heavily favored USSR in one the most iconic moments in sports history at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. But just one day shy of the 40th Anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” it wasn’t Eruzione who was the talk of the town, but Lion student manager, Wyatt Street.

Dawning his white #44 jersey, the Loogootee crowd witnessed what can only be hailed as the “Miracle on JBA” as the beloved Street buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the right wing to bring down ‘the house that Jack built.’ It was a fitting ending to an iconic Senior Night that will long be remembered.

Jordan Wildman scored 19 points, Silas Bauer posted a double-double of 15 points & 11 rebounds and Peyton Bledsoe yielded 13, as Loogootee rallied in the second half to defeat Northeast Dubois 63-49. On a night that LHS shot 56% from the field, including 9 of 17 (53%) from beyond the arc, Thursday’s game got off to an inauspicious start as the Lions fell behind early, before trailing N.E. Dubois 17-9 after one. Loogootee was able to find their offense in the second stanza, but first-half turnovers prevented Ryan Haywood’s team from cutting into the deficit as LHS went into the break down 32-23.

With sectional merely two weeks away, the large assembly of Lion backers that gathered inside Jack Butcher Arena sat uneasy. Restlessness quickly turned to relief as Loogootee answered their coach’s halftime plea by producing its best 16 minutes of basketball since the team hosted Bloomfield roughly four weeks prior. LHS would double up their opponent in the third, outscoring the Jeeps 18-9 to tie the game up at 41 apiece going into the final frame. From there, the Lions continued its onslaught of NED as they manufactured 22 fourth-quarter points, while allowing their BCC counterpart just 8. It was all part of a 40-17 second half run capped off by Wyatt Street’s indescribable 3-pointer that left the crowd awestruck as Loogootee (17-5, 7-0 in BCC) rallied for a 63-49 victory to remain unbeaten in conference play.

* Jordan Wildman (16 pts, 5 rebs)
* Silas Bauer (15 pts, 11 rebs)
* Peyton Bledsoe (13 pts)
* Landon Harder (9 pts, 3 rebs)
* Luke Nonte (4 pts, 3 asts)
* Wyatt Street (3 pts)
* Jalen Wildman (2 pts, 6 asts)
* Nathaniel Hart (1 pt)

Loogootee leads the all-time series over Northeast Dubois 38-11. Moreover, 28 of school’s 38 team wins over the Jeeps have come by way of double figures.