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Friday hoops roundup: Morris lifts NP, Marauders now 11-0
January 11, 2013Hancock County Sports
New Palestine 51, Pendleton Heights 48: Michael Morris hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to give the Dragons a big Hoosier Heritage Conference victory on the road.
Morris finished the night with 20 points to lead the Dragons, who led for much of the night but saw PH rally to tie the game in the final minute. Morris hit 8-of-14 from the floor and had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Brogan Gary led all scorers with 24 points for PH on 12-of-34 shooting. His banked-in 3-pointer with 14 seconds left tied the game and set the stage for Morris' heroics. Kurt Talbert had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting for PH
NP led 11-6 after a quarter and 25-19 at the half, with Brandon Jonas scoring nine first-half points. The Dragons held a 35-29 lead after three and maintained a five-point lead for much of the early part of the fourth quarter.
Jonas had 13 points for the Dragons. Ryan Curry added seven points, three boards and two steals. Solomon Haynes had five assists and six rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Seth Cox had tied a team high with six rebounds.
NP shot 51 percent (20-of-39) from the floor.
The Dragons are now 9-3 on the season and 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, sharing the lead with Mt. Vernon and Yorktown. NP next plays Jan. 18 at Roncalli, then returns home Jan. 19 to face Whiteland. PH is now 6-5 (2-2 HHC).
Mt. Vernon 59, Rushville 37: The Marauders had another strong defensive effort, another big third quarter and another big scoring night from C.J. Coleman in a road victory.
MV broke the game open after halftime, turning a nine-point halftime edge into a 25-point bulge going into the fourth. Coleman had 24 points to lead the Marauders.
MV came into the game ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. The Marauders could move up to No. 1 with a victory Saturday at Howe, as current No. 1 Greensburg was upset by Batesville 72-65 on Friday night. The MV-Howe game will be broadcast by HancockCountySports.com!
Plainfield 39, Greenfield-Central 38: The Cougars rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, but came up one point short at Plainfield.
It was the Quakers' first victory of the year in 10 games.
G-C (1-9) hosts Triton Central on Saturday.
Waldron 47, Eastern Hancock 40: EH was in a tussle on the road, but fell to the unbeaten Mohawks.
Waldron, ranked No. 5 in Class A, improved to 11-0 with the victory. EH fell to 2-9, the Royals' seventh loss by eight points or less.
The Royals travel to Union County Saturday before returning home Jan. 18 to meet South Decatur in a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com.