BBB: Dragons drop 1st HHC game to PH
January 18, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Pendleton Heights knocked New Palestine from the HHC lead with a 45-36 win over the Dragons Friday at NPHS.
The lead changed hands several times in the second quarter, but the Arabains took the lead for good on a Mark Albers 3-pointer before the halftime horn, although it was never more than six points until the closing seconds after the Dragons had to foul.
Brandon Jonas scored 10 consecutive Dragon points in the second quarter, helping turn a seven-point deficit into a tie game. Connor Roach followed with a basket and a 3-pointer to put NP up 20-18 in the final minute of the second, capping an 18-6 spurt, but Albers' 3-pointer gave the visitors the lead back at 21-20.
Seth Cox scored all five of his points in the third quarter as the Dragons remained close -- trailing 32-28 after three, as Kenton Dunham scored seven and Sean McDermott five. Dunham finished with 13 and McDermott 11 for the Arabians. In the fourth, Ryan Curry had a steal and layup to cut PH's lead to 32-30, and the Dragons cut the deficit again to 34-32. Trailing 38-34, Curry drove to the basket and scored, but the play was wiped off on a charging call that was protested by the Dragons to no avail. Instead of a three-point play to cut the deficit to one, the Arabians were able to get the ball back with 2:30 left and a four-point lead, and eventually forced the Dragons to foul. PH hit 14-of-22 free throws for the game, including nine in the fourth quarter, to seal the contest.
Jonas was the Dragons' top scorer with 11 points. He also had six rebounds. Roach had eight points and eight rebounds. Cox had nine boards to go with his five points. Samson Haynes dished five assists and added four points. Curry had six points and a steal.
The Dragons shot 36 percent -- and held PH to 36 percent shooting. But PH (14-22) outscored the Dragons (5-9) by nine points from the line.
The Dragons fall to 6-3 and 2-1 in HHC play, snapping a nine-game winning streak in conference games. PH is now 8-3 and 3-0 in conference play.
NP's next game is Jan. 24, at home against Roncalli. HancockCountySports.com will broadcast the game.