Central let a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter get away and lost 81-79 in double overtime in a North Central Conference boys basketball game Friday night at Huntington North.
“It was just a back-and-forth game,” Bearcats coach Matt Fine said. “Both teams hit some big shots. We just couldn’t get a stop when we needed one.”
The game went to extra periods when Huntington North made a 3-point shot at the end of the four quarter to tie the score. The Vikings (8-8) made another 3 to tie the score at the end of the first overtime.
The Vikings dominated in the second OT period as they jumped on top 78-73 in the first 90 seconds. Central never gained the lead after that.
Jabriel Allen made two 3-pointers in the final half-minute, the second one tying the score with 14 seconds to go. But the Vikings sped through Central’s press and scored on a layup with seven seconds to go for an 81-79 lead, and they held on for the win as Central (5-10) lost the ball in the closing seconds
Allen led the Bearcats with 23 points, Kaleb Mallory had 22 and Tim Barrett 17.
* Wes-Del 69, Shenandoah 61: Wes-Del won its second game of the year, beating Shenandoah. Sam Paul led the Warriors with 22, and Desmond Wilson added 15 points.
* Union 65, Daleville 41: The Rockets took control of the game in the first half, outscoring the Broncos 37-19. Nick Glaser scored a game-high 17 points for Union (12-2, 4-0 MEC). Teammates Willie Eviston and Spencer Shore each scored 14 points. James Tungate scored 11 points and Dalen Beck followed with 10 to pace the Broncos (2-11).
* Hagerstown 61, Union City 33: The Indians trailed by only seven at halftime, but Hagerstown pulled away by outscoring Union City 23-10 in the third quarter. Seth Fowler scored 10 points and Kavan Knox grabbed six rebounds for the Indians (1-12).
* Winchester 66, Tri 44: Winchester scored 23 points in the third quarter and topped Tri. Brandon Edwards hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for the Falcons, and Isaiah Davis added 17.
* Heritage Hall 56, Crosspointe 48: Heritage Hall suffered its first loss of the season at Crosspointe Christian Academy. Joey Neal had 15 points to lead the Patriots, Grant Prewitt had 14 and Garrett Prewitt 13.