BBB: Second-half rally pushes Tigers past Dragons
February 1, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Yorktown used a second-half rally to beat the New Palestine Dragons 49-45 Friday night at Yorktown.
NP led by as many as seven points on two occasions -- 14-7 in the second quarter and 27-20 in the third -- but Yorktown guard Caleb Morey answered each with a 3-pointer and got the Tigers back into the game.
Yorktown finished the third quarter with a 12-4 run, taking the lead at 32-31 on Trea Kates' putback in the closing seconds. The Dragons answered with Ryan Curry's fourth 3-pointer of the night, but Yorktown's Riley Neal tied the game back up. Duke Blackwell put NP ahead 36-34 with a reverse layup. Yorktown tied the game, and then hit 13-of-16 from the free throw line to put the game away -- taking the lead for good on two free throws to go up 38-37. Back-to-back turnovers allowed Yorktown to push the lead to 45-40. Curry's 3-pointer cut the deficit to two, and the Dragons had a chance to tie after two free throw misses by the Tigers, but a turnover gave the ball back to Yorktown, and the Tigers pushed the lead to four on each FT opportunity from there.
Curry led the Dragons with 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers on the day. He scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter. Brandon Jonas added six points for the Dragons.
Morey led Yorktown with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.
The Dragons are now 6-5 on the season and 2-2 in HHC play. They next play Saturday at home against Perry Meridian.