Eight days after a bad second quarter caused the Warhorses to fall behind by 17 points in a five-point loss to Tioga, they outscored the Indians 17-9 in the second quarter Friday night en route to a 66-55 victory.
“We can’t just let a team whoop us,” said Peabody senior forward Gabriel Jordan, whose team is now 4 for 4 in revenge games this season. “They’re not supposed to beat us. ... It is a sense of pride not to let a team beat us again.”
Peabody (25-6, 8-2 District 3-4A) led by one point after a see-saw first quarter, but hot hands by sophomore point guard Jacoby Ross and Jordan helped the Warhorses open up a nine-point halftime lead.
Ross buried a deep 3-pointer, and after a bucket by Jordan, nailed another jumper to give Peabody a 19-13 lead. Freshman guard Cedric Russell added five points for Peabody, and the Indians appeared to grab the momentum late in the half when senior center Aaron Epps threw down an alley-oop dunk off a feed from senior guard Joseph McQuarn to cut Peabody’s lead to four.
But Jordan calmly buried a corner 3 on the Warhorses’ next trip down the floor to quell the momentum, and Russell’s jumper with 16 seconds left in the half put Peabody up nine.
A 10-2 Warhorses run in the third quarter, sparked by four points each from Jordan and Danmon O’Connor, gave Peabody its biggest lead at 17 before Tioga closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to cut it to 12 heading into the fourth.
Down by 15 with five minutes remaining in the game, Tioga (28-4, 9-1) made one final charge to cut its deficit to four points. Epps made a bucket to make the score 55-42, and the Indians then had a seven-point possession.
Senior guard Terrance Cobb knocked down two free throws before Epps made two more after a technical foul on Peabody coach Charles Smith. Seconds later, Epps finished an and-one layup at the rim, and two free throws by senior guard Lentai Hall had Tioga down by just four and right back in the game.