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BBB: Dragons rally falls short at Greenwood

March 1, 2014
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School

New Palestine rallied from 10 and 8-point deficits, but the last one fell short in a 60-58 loss at Greenwood Friday night.

The Dragons saw Greenwood go on a 21-4 run in the opening half to open up a 27-17 lead, hitting five 3-pointers in the opening quarter. But New Palestine scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to three, and then opened the second half with eight straight points -- three baskets by Seth Cox and a hoop by Connor Roach -- to take a 32-29 lead.

Greenwood's Jaron Hornbeak answered with a 3-pointer that tied the game, and Greenwood would seize a 38-36 lead after three. The Woodmen scored the fourth quarter's first five points to go up 43-36, and eventually led 50-42 and 52-44 before another Dragon rally in the closing minutes. This one was led by seniors Keegan Lytle and Samson Haynes, who hit three 3-pointes. Haynes also had a conventional three-point play in the run. 

Back-to-back 3s by Lytle cut the deficit to 59-55 in the final minute. Greenwood split two free throws, but was able to force the Dragons to take enough time on the final possession that just 1.2 seconds remained when Haynes banked in a 3-pointer out of the corner -- his second 3 of the season -- to cut the deficit to two. NP was unable to force a turnover on the inbounds pass, allowing the Woodmen to hold on for the win.

Cox scored 16 points -- his third straight game with 15 or more points -- to lead the Dragons. He had eight in a third quarter that saw the Dragons briefly take a lead. Cox added seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Brandon Jonas tallied his fourth career double-double with 10 poitns and 10 rebounds. Ryan Curry had eight points and seven boards, to go along with three assists, a steal and two blocked shots.. Roach added seven points and 11 rebounds, tying his career-high on the glass. Haynes had six fourth-quarter points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

Jaren Hornbeak led Greenwood with 22 points. Spencer Isenthal scored 10 oif his 17 in the fourth quarter.

The Dragons fell despite outrebounding Greenwood 42-18. NP shot 42 percent from the floor (22-57), including 6-18 from 3-point range, but was 4-13 from the line. Greenwood shot 45 percent (20-44), including 8-20 from 3-point range and 12-20 from the line.

The Dragons finish the regular season 10-10, their fifth straight 10-win season, tying the second-longest streak of double-digit wins in school history. The postseason begins Tuesday at Center Grove against Franklin. Tip is 6 p.m. Broadcast of all New Palestine postseason games will be at HancockCountySports.com.

The Dragon JV won 39-35 to finish its season with a 13-7 record.

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