New Pal beats Franklin Central 59-55

NEW PALESTINE — One year ago Monday, New Palestine and Franklin Central resumed a boys basketball series that had been dormant for 15 seasons.

NP has now beaten the Flashes three times within the year, including a 59-55 decision Saturday night.

But the Dragons had to earn this one, just like the other two (NP won 64-63 last December and defeated the Flashes 58-51 in the sectional final in March). Saturday, FC cut a 13-point deficit from early in the fourth quarter to 55-53 with 1:27 to go.

“We talked with the kids about how physical we were going to have to play,” NP coach Adam Barton said. “I thought it was a physical game and we didn’t back down from that physicality, which is a good sign.”

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