Lancers hang around before Center Grove rolls to big win

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Center Grove earned its rematch with host Franklin for tonight’s Johnson County Boys Basketball Tournament championship but couldn’t shake Friday’s semifinal opponent, Edinburgh, until late in the first half.

The Lancers, who lost to the Trojans in the 2012 championship game, trailed 19-17 with 2:41 remaining in the half. That’s when Center Grove junior forward Michael Benkert, already a dominant force in the game for the Trojans, took over.

He scored six of Center Grove’s next nine points, including a put-back basket with two seconds remaining in the half, capping a 9-2 end-of-half run that gave the Trojans a 28-19 halftime lead.

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