GREENWOOD — New Palestine’s first-ever regular-season boys basketball meeting with Center Grove Friday night was a tournament-quality classic.
The shootout in CG’s west (old) gym required both four additional minutes and 90 points to win. The host Trojans finally pulled away from the Dragons in the final 1:25 and prevailed 95-89 in a contest that about left players — and fans — exhausted.
“It was a fun game to watch...a great high school basketball game,” NP coach Adam Barton said. ”It was a little tougher to be on the short end.”
The match featured nine ties and 14 lead changes, the first of which occurred less than two minutes before halftime, after the Dragons had erased a 27-15 deficit from the first quarter.
NP (2-1) matched the athletic Trojans (2-1) just about hoop-for-hoop from the end of the first half until late in the OT, and canned 14 three-pointers to stay within reach of CG.
The Dragons got career highs from senior guard Justin Ikerd (25 points, five three-pointers) and sophomore guard Ryan Curry (24 points, three threes off the bench).