The Orioles trailed Clearwater big for most of Tuesday's boys basketball game at Hutter Gymnasium.
But Augusta turned up the heat on defense, and Clearwater couldn't respond. The Orioles made nine second-half steals and forced 12 total Indian turnovers as Augusta cut its deficit from 11 down to two.
But the Orioles missed a key jump shot in the closing seconds, then missed a last-second heave as Clearwater narrowly held on for a 48-46 win.
The Indians were able to get easy baskets throughout most of the first half. They closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run to lead 15-7 and slowly built a 41-30 lead late in the third quarter.
The Indians went scoreless the last several minutes of the game.
Connor Hurst led the defensive charge with four steals. Tristan Finch made a steal, then had an assist to Hurst during the Orioles' fourth-quarter surge as they cut it to 48-44. Kyler Steinkamp then got another steal with great ball pressure that led to a putback by Hurst, cutting it to 48-46. But that would be all the Orioles managed to score.
The Orioles will travel to Rose Hill Friday night to take on the Rockets.