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February 14, 2014, 10:44 am

Geoff Cowles/News Fredericktown guard Austin Hathaway attempts a shot during Thursday’s nonconference game against Utica. Utica’s Colin Bates (0) and Mitchell Marston (21) defend on the play. Fredericktown won, 53-45.
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Fredericktown guard Austin Hathaway attempts a shot during Thursday’s nonconference game against Utica. Utica’s Colin Bates (0) and Mitchell Marston (21) defend on the play. Fredericktown won, 53-45.

 

By , Sports Reporter
Mount Vernon News

FREDERICKTOWN — As tournament time draws near, the Utica boys basketball team’s motto could be “Don’t Tread On Me.”

The Redskins nearly pulled off an upset over the home-team Fredericktown Freddies, but lost steam in the final quarter, falling 53-45 in Thursday nonconference basketball action.

Although the loss was Utica’s 20th consecutive since winning their opener in November, this was no walk in the park for the Freddies.

“Utica plays really hard,” said Fredericktown coach Nate Bellman. “They got after it. It was an intense game. You got to throw the records out. They were hungry for a win.”

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