FORT WAYNE – Adison Daub exited the locker room with one thing on his mind – sleep.
The DeKalb senior earned some rest after leading the Barons to a tough 54-47 win over Snider on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A Carroll Sectional.
I’m just ready to go home and get to bed, Daub said.
DeKalb outscored Snider 18-8 in the fourth quarter.
Coach is always preaching get to the fourth quarter and give us a chance, Daub said. We got to the fourth quarter, and we won. We are mentally tough, and we have a senior-laden team.
Snider outscored DeKalb 19-15 in the third to take a 39-36 advantage into the fourth quarter.
We weren’t shaking at all, and we responded pretty well to their run, DeKalb coach Jon Everingham said. We have been saying we are built to win. When we got into the situation where we had to win the game, that’s exactly what we did.
DeKalb (16-7) faces Columbia City (20-3) in the sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Eagles beat the Barons in the regular season 47-46. The teams split their series last season, with DeKalb winning in the regular season and Columbia City in the postseason.
Those games against them are always fun, said Daub, who plays AAU basketball with some of the Eagles’ players. Hopefully in the sectional game, we can get that win.
Daub led the Barons with 20 points, Austin Macy had 12 and Cole Hartman added 11. Daub moved into No. 2 all time in DeKalb history with 1,316 points.
Macy (nine points) and Daub (seven points) combined for 16 points in the fourth.
It was a game that was our style, slow-paced, and we win games like that, Everingham said.
Against an athletic defensive team in Snider, the Barons committed only five turnovers.
We can handle the ball pretty well, Daub said. Pressure doesn’t get to us. We have played teams as athletic as Snider, and we have been there before.
Snider (10-11) got 16 points from Devlyn Williams.
Despite poor shooting (11 of 33 for 33 percent), the Panthers stayed in the game by making 22 of 27 from the free-throw line.
We weren’t going to give them anything easy, and we were going to make them earn it from the free-throw line, Everingham said. Give Snider credit, they made their free throws, and they shot a lot of free throws.
From the field, Snider was 1 of 6 in the first and 1 of 7 in the fourth.
DeKalb led 24-20 at halftime after the two teams were tied at 9 after the first.
In the first quarterfinal, Columbia City beat East Noble 74-28.
The Eagles got 19 points from Drew Benedict, 17 from Derek Hinen and 16 from Austin Paul.
Columbia City led 17-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Columbia City forced East Noble into 26 turnovers.
Kaleb Williams led the Knights (2-21) with nine points.