Homecoming king, Curry lift New Palestine

NEW PALESTINE — Yorktown coach Greg Miller allowed himself a moment of levity after inadvertent buzzer stopped play with his team down double digits late in the fourth quarter at New Palestine Friday night.

“Can you do that when No. 44 (NP’s Michael Morris) is shooting, please?” requested Miller to no one in particular.

The Tigers simply could not stop Morris, or his teammate Ryan Curry. The pair almost outscored the visitors themselves, combining for 51 points in the Dragons’ 70-55 victory.

With the win, NP (11-4, 5-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) moved atop the HHC standings — at least for one night.

Morris finished with 29 points, eight short of the career-high he set in the team’s opener vs. Jennings County back in November. And if lighting up the scoreboard wasn’t enough, Morris was also named Winter Homecoming King at halftime.

“King Michael had a nice night,” quipped NP coach Adam Barton, whose sectional-winning 2011-12 squad also started 11-4. “Not a bad night at all.”

Trailing 51-37 midway through the quarter, Yorktown embarked on an 8-0 run that ventured 90 seconds into the fourth quarter.

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