TECUMSEH — Eric Litherland had been waiting for his Tecumseh squad to close out a hotly-contested game.

The Savages did just that Friday night, holding off a quality Prague squad 58-51 before a packed house.

Prague (16-4) took a 1-point lead with six minutes to play on a 3-pointer before Daniel Axton of Tecumseh responded by stroking a trey from the corner. That gave the Savages a 1-point lead which they didn’t relinquish. Anthony Billy of Tecumseh hit a big trey down the stretch off a nifty pass from Kameron Permetter.

Axton chalked up a game-high 23 points, including four successes from beyond the 3-point line. He was also 9 of 10 from the free throw line.

Permetter finished with 12 points, and canned 7 of 8 charity tosses.

Tecumseh (11-10) was 18 of 22 from the line for 81.8 percent.

Prague was 14 of 18 from the line for a respectable 77.7 percent.

Jackson Jacobs, who shared Prague’s scoring lead with Ray Embry at 14, recorded two treys.

Tristin Jorgensen had 10 points for the Red Devils.

“We played well defensively,” Litherland said. “Embry hurt us on the boards. This was a good win because Prague is a good, experienced squad.”