DIXON – Indian Creek center Garrison Govig is a beefy 6-foot-9. Dixon's two tallest players are 6-4. The Dukes contained the big man for three quarters, but he dominated the fourth.
Govig scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves broke from a tie with less than 6 minutes to play for a 58-46 nonconference win Tuesday night at Lancaster Gym.
"We didn't really stick to our gameplan," said Dixon's Cal Jarrett, who scored a team-high 16 points. "We didn't execute the things we needed to. In the second half, our help side just wasn't there when we needed it to be."
"He was pretty tough. He was a big advantage for their team," said the Dukes' Michael Conley, who scored 13 points. "If the fourth quarter, they started getting him the ball a lot more, and we just didn't step up. We didn't meet the challenge."
The Dukes (2-6) fought back from a 10-2 deficit to go ahead 18-12 in the opening seconds of the second quarter. From there the lead went back and forth and the gap was no more than five until the fourth quarter.
Dixon took its last lead on a bucket from the right baseline by freshman starter Isaiah Roby, who had six points, making it 39-37 with 7:05 remaining.
An 8-0 tear that included two field goals and a free throw by Govig, who also had 13 rebounds, seven of them offensive, and a 3-pointer by Jaron Todd (12 points) put the T'wolves (6-1) up 45-39 with 4:52 to play.
Two free throws by Jarrett made it a four-point game. That was as close as it would get the rest of the way, as Indian Creek outscored the Dukes 13-5 in the final four-plus minutes.
"We're just undersized and young," Dixon coach Jason Mead said. "And, when you're undersized and young and you have basically one day of practice to prepare for a 6-9 guy, when we haven't played anybody like that before, it was difficult to execute our help side the way we needed to."
After Dixon fell behind 10-2 over the first 4 minutes, Jarrett and Conley quickly brought the Dukes back. They scored 14 of Dixon's 16 points in the first quarter, netting seven apiece as the Dukes led 16-12 heading to the second quarter.
They took their largest lead of six, 18-12, when Laron Carr scored off a steal 12 seconds into the second quarter. Carr scored seven of his 11 points in the second quarter and Conley and Jarrett got in foul trouble.
Indian Creek's Garrett Post contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
Star of the game: Garrison Govig, Indian Creek, 22 points, 13 rebounds
Key performers: Cal Jarrett, Dixon, team-high 16 points; Michael Conley, Dixon, 13 points; Garrett Post, Indian Creek, 11 points, 8 rebounds
Up next: Sterling at Dixon, 7:30 p.m. Saturday