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BBB: Dragons rally from double-digit deficit to beat G-C

December 14, 2013
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School



New Palestine rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Greenfield-Central 59-47 Friday at NPHS.

Ryan Curry (27) and Samson Haynes (9) each posted career highs in the win.

The Cougars hit 6-of-8 from 3-point range in the opening half to turn early NP leads of 8-2, 9-4 and 15-13 into a 34-20 halftime edge. G-C used a four-point play and back-to-back 3-pointers sandwiching the first quarter to go on a quick 12-0 run that put the Dragons down 25-15.

But, NP quickly began to rally, holding G-C to just one field goal over the opening 12 minutes of the second half. Haynes had six points and 7-foot center Seth Cox scored four quick baskets in the third quarter. Haynes' shot late in the quarter gave NP its first lead since the opening frame, 41-39 after three.

The Dragons would never trail, as Curry hit two big fourth-quarter 3-pointers and scored 15 of the Dragons 18 fourth-quarter points to tie a career high he set on Dec. 15, 2012 against Franklin Central. It was Curry's second straight 20-point game, as he had 22 against Rushville last Saturday. He hit 9-of-20 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line. Curry also had three steals.

Cox and Haynes each added nine points, with Haynes dishing a team-high four assists and nabbing three steals. Brandon Jonas scored six points and had two boards and three assists, despite having limited minutes due to foul trouble.

Connor Roach had five points and six rebounds. Cox led the Dragons on the glass with seven boards.

NP outscored G-C 39-13 in the second half to come away with the victory.

NP's offense was productive in keeping the basketball, with nine offensive boards and only six turnovers. The Dragons forced G-C into 20 turnovers.

The win was the 99th for ninth-year NPHS head coach Adam Barton.

NP (2-1, 1-0 HHC) next plays Saturday at Jennings County.


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