MIDDLE POINT — One second can make a big difference in basketball. When officials at the Lincolnview/Fort Recovery game decided that the clock should be reset from 1.4 to 2.4 seconds, few realized that this decision would change the outcome. That’s what happened, though when two passes later, Indian senior Payton Jutte let fly a 25-footer from the right wing that barely left his hand before the clock expired. The shot hit nothing but net, giving Fort Recovery a 60-59 win. The Indians are now 6-4, the Lancers 5-5.

There was plenty of fourth-quarter drama prior to the game-winner. The Lancers led 46-38 after three, but the final period started with a 7-0 run by Fort Recovery junior Grant Knapke (3-pointer, one of two free throws, another 3-pointer) — 46-45, Lincolnview, at 6:04. Lancer senior sharpshooter Alek Bowersock temporarily staved off the rally with a layup and an NBA-range three from the right wing — 51-45 at 5:21.

The Indians countered with an 8-0 run — two free throws by Jutte, 12-foot pull-up jumper by Jutte, two more free throws by Jutte, layup by Knapke — and the visitors had a 53-51 lead with 3:38 left. Lincolnview’s master of inside footwork, senior lefty Ethan Kemler, scored to tie it at 53. Knapke intercepted a pass and went the distance to lead by two, and sophomore Clay Schmitz’s put-back had Fort Recovery up 57-53 with 1:30 remaining.

Lincolnview’s senior point guard Jorge Salinas hit two pressure-packed free throws at 1:09. Fort Recovery then opened the door a bit by missing two free throws, and Kemler’s short baby hook tied it at 57 with 46 seconds left. The Indians misfired, and Lancer sophomore Creed Jessee found a cutting Kemler inside for a layup to regain the lead at 59-57. That’s when the crucial clock-setting decision was made.

Lincolnview was in control early thanks to some good first-quarter field goal shooting (7 of 12) while Fort Recovery was missing from all over (5 of 18), including some point-blank shots. It was 17-10 after one.

Both teams shot well in the second quarter. The Indians got as close as five at 30-25. A dandy buzzer-beating spin layup by Lincolnview senior Zane Miller had the home team up 34-25 at the half. Miller had 13 first-half points; however, he wouldn’t score again in the game and seldom got off a shot in the second half.

Lincolnview’s lead varied between seven and 11 points in the third quarter, which ended at 46-38.

Statistically, there was little to choose between the two teams. Lincolnview shot a better percentage from the field — 49 percent (22 of 45) to 43 percent (24 of 56) — and also from three — 33 percent (4 of 12) to 31 percent (5 of 16). However, Fort Recovery had two more made field goals overall and one more from long range.

Lincolnview was solid from the line — 79 percent (11 of 14) to Fort Recovery’s 64 percent (7 of 11). The Indians had a 27-24 edge on the boards and had fewer turnovers, 9-13.

Kemler, Alek Bowersock, and Miller led the Lancer scoring with 18, 15, and 13. Jutte, Schmitz, and Knapke topped the Indians with 19, 15, and 11.

Fort Recovery (60)

Grant Knapke 11, Payton Jutte 19, Derek Jutte 5, Clay Schmitz 15, Noah Lennartz 4, Clayton Pearson 2, Blayne Tobe 4, Owen Schoen 0.

Lincolnview (59)

Jorge Salinas 4, Logan Williams 3, Ethan Kemler 18, Alek Bowersock 15, Zane Miller 13, Collin Overholt 0, Kyle Wallis 3, Jake Bowersock 3, Creed Jessee 0.

Fort Recovery 10 15 13 22 - 60

Lincolnview 17 17 12 13 - 59

3-point shooting: FR 5/16 (Payton Jutte 3, Knapke 2), LV 4/12 (Alek Bowersock 3, Miller). Rebounds: FR 27, LV 24. Fouls: FR 13, LV 12. Turnovers: FR 9, LV 13. Jayvee score: FR 59-50.