NEW PALESTINE — Coming off a very difficult part of its schedule, New Palestine’s boys basketball team — on the surface — got a bit of a breather Friday night against a sub-.500 Shelbyville squad.
There are no such things in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, though, especially against a hot-shooting Shelbyville ballclub.
The Golden Bears scorched the Dragons for 27 points in the third quarter, after NP had led by a dozen points, and the Bears hung on 61-59 to spoil the Dragons’ winter homecoming.
The Dragons sustained their fifth straight defeat and fell to 6-7, 2-3 in the HHC. NP’s previous four losses were to teams that had a combined 37-14 record going into Friday.
“We have some scoring issues offensively,” NP coach Adam Barton said. “We don’t have a very large margin of error when it can allow the other team to score.”
While the Dragons got balanced scoring, it wasn’t abundant enough, and what in large part doomed NP was from the outside.