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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.

The Bears made four 3-pointers in the third period and two more in the fourth, and 7-of-18 for the contest. NP was 1-for-10 from beyond the stripe for the night.  Logan Duffy scored the Dragons’ lone triple.

NP had little answer for the Bears in the second half, in which the visitors shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24).

Adam Eads hit for 18 of his game-high 22 points after halftime, and late in the third gave Shelbyville its first two leads of the game. He converted on his own steal to make it 40-38 with 1:15 to go in the third, then scored again a short time later, breaking a 40-all tie.

The Bears never trailed again. They built it up to 57-50 midway through the final period, before the Dragons re-rallied.

NP was within a possession of knotting the score from the 1:08 mark on, and had two chances to either tie or go ahead.

With 35 seconds left and the Bears looking to add to their 60-59 lead, Duke Blackwell came away with a loose ball for NP. However, Ryan Curry couldn’t connect from 3 range and the Bears rebounded. Eads was fouled and split two free throws.

NP had just under four seconds for a last shot. Samson Haynes put one up with a Bear in his face, but the would-be game winner clanged off the glass.

“The last three games, we’ve done everything but win. We played 30 good minutes against Perry (Meridian) and Yorktown (last week. Friday), I wouldn’t say we got all the way to 30, because of that third quarter.”

NP was ahead by as much as 18-6 and 20-8 early in the second quarter, and led 25-17 at the half.

Curry paced the Dragons with 13 points. Haynes, Brandon Jonas and 7-foot Seth Cox all scored 10, and Connor Roach nine.

Despite their 3-point woes, the Dragons ended up shooting 54.7 percent from the field (23-of-41).

Another solid side will come into NP tonight, as the Dragons get a 13-3 Mooresville club that’ll be out to bounce back from a loss to Martinsville Friday.

“I kind of feel about (tonight’s) game like I thought about the Perry game,” Barton said. “We’re going to have to come out and attack from the start like we did last week against a pretty good team.”

Notes: Roach was crowned homecoming king at halftime. ... The JV Dragons beat Shelbyville 35-28. Benjamin Farley led NP with 12 points. ... The Dragons began a stretch of five games in nine days Friday. Next week, they visit both New Castle and Franklin, and host Connersville.



Shelbyville 61, New Palestine 59

SH — Reinbold 4-6 1-2 10, Cole 0-2 0-0 0, Clouse 2-2 7-7 11, Eads 9-17 2-5 22, Orem 3-4 0-1 7, Lux 2-6 1-2 7, Laker 0-1 0-0 0, Land 0-0 0-0 0, Asher 1-3 1-2 2. Totals — 21-41 12-19 61.

NP — Roach 3-3 3-4 9, Jonas 4-6 2-2 10, Cox 4-6 2-3 10,  Haynes 5-10 0-0 10, Curry 5-14 3-4 13, Blackwell 1-1 0-0 2,  Riley 0-0 0-0 0, Duffy 1-2 2-2 5. Totals — 23-41 12-15 59.


SH (5-9, 2-1 HHC) 6 11 27 17 — 61

NP (6-7, 2-3 HHC) 16 9 17 17 — 59

Three-pt. field goals:  SH 7-18  (Lux 2-4, Reinbold 2-3, Eads 2-8, Orem 1-1, Cole 0-2); NP 1-10  (Duffy 1-2, Curry 0-7, Haynes 0-1).

Rebounds: SH 23 (Orem 6, Clouse 5, Asher 4, Eads 2, Lux 2, Reinbold 1, Cole 1, Team 2), NP 19 (Roach 4, Cox 3, Curry 3, Haynes 3, Jonas 2, Duffy 2, Riley 1, Team 1). Assists: SH 8 (Lux 2, Reinbold 2, Clouse 1, Asher 1, Orem 1, Land 1), NP 11 (Haynes 5, Roach 2, Blackwell 2, Jonas 1, Duffy 1). Steals: SH 7 (Eads 2, Reinbold 1, Clouse 1, Asher 1, Orem 1, Lux 1), NP 8 (Curry 3, Blackwell 2, Jonas 2, Roach 1). Fouls: SH 13, NP 18. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: SH 15, NP 13.


New Palestine 35, Shelbyville 28

NP —  Farley 12, Vanderwal 6, Cook 5, Hiland 4, McKay 4, Rightley 4.

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