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Yorktown gets little things right in 49-45 win


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YORKTOWN — If New Palestine was going to be the first boys basketball team to win in Yorktown in program history, it was going to take getting all the little things right.

The two evenly-matched Hoosier Heritage Conference teams were never further apart than seven points and were tied with under five minutes remaining.

But it was Yorktown that got to the loose balls, New Palestine that turned the ball over three times in the final 91 seconds and the homestanding Tigers that hit 19-of-25 free throws on the way to a 49-45 win.

“Coach (Trent) Whitaker was saying before the game that we are just one little thing away from turning this around,” said New Palestine head coach Adam Barton after his Dragons lost their third straight game. “Tonight it was loose balls ... We only had 10 turnovers for the game and three of them in the last few minutes and we only hit 4-of-8 from the line.”

While a third straight loss could have some teams counting down the games to the end of the season, Barton does not have those concerns.

“These are good kids and they have seen our teams struggle in the regular season and turn it on in the playoffs before,” said Barton, who won sectional titles with the Dragons in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Barton can also point to a solid outing Friday night.

The offense had good moments, especially when leading scorer Ryan Curry, who has struggled in recent games, was hitting his shot. The junior scored 22, including 13 in the first half, to lead the 6-5 Dragons.

“He took what the defense gave him,” Barton said. “In the second half we tended to rely on him too much. We need to have that second option.”

Yorktown gave a lot of focus in its 3-2 defense to New Palestine 7-footer Seth Cox to open the game. The packed-in defense allowed Curry to get on track, hitting his first three shots.

Meanwhile, New Palestine held Yorktown to just 12 field goals on the night with the combination of a 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense.

“Our 2-3 zone was good tonight, especially in the first half,” Barton said.

Leading 39-38 in the fourth quarter, Yorktown hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to take a 40-39 lead. The Tigers turned their 3-2 zone into a halfcourt trap and forced a turnover. Cameron Moore, who hit all eight of his free throws, connected on the 1-and-1 for a 42-39 lead.

“They extended their defense to take the ball away from Ryan,” Barton said.

A second straight turnover led to a third straight successful 1-and-1 for Yorktown.

After New Palestine hit one of two free throws, Yorktown extended the lead to 45-40.

A potential 4-point play after Curry’s fifth 3-pointer gave the Dragons one last chance, but Curry missed the free throw and New Palestine could not get closer.

“Tonight was the most consistent we have been on offense and defense,” Barton said. “Tomorrow is February and we still have half the games left to play.”

And some little things to work on.

Notes: Yorktown is 3-0 in conference play, while New Palestine falls to 2-2. ... New Palestine is 0-8 against the Tigers in Yorktown. ... Yorktown leads the series 12-4. ... Curry is 55 points away from 500 for his career.

 

VARSITY

Yorktown 49, New Palestine 45

NP — Jonas 3-9 0-0 6, Haynes 2-7 0-0 4, Curry 8-17 1-4 22, Roach 2-5 1-2 5, Cox 1-4 2-2 4, Blackwell 1-2 0-0 2, Riley 1-3 0-0 2. Totals — 18-42 4-8 45.

YT — Morey 4-9 5-6 17, R.Miller 2-7 3-4 7, Moore 1-6 8-8 10, Preston 2-4 2-3 6, Neal 2-6 0-2 4, B.Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Conte 0-0 0-0 0, Kates 1-2 1-2 3, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 12-34 19-25 49.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NP (6-5, 2-2 HHC)   9  14   8    14 — 45

YT (8-2, 3-0 HHC)   7   13  12   17  — 49

Three-pt. field goals: NP 5-14 (Curry 5-11, Jonas 0-1, Blackwell 0-1, Riley 0-1); YT 4-13 (Morey 4-6, R.Miller 0-2, Moore 0-4, Preston 0-1).

Rebounds: NP 25 (Cox 7, Jonas 5, Curry 5, Blackwell 3, Riley 2, Haynes 2, Roach 1); YT 25 (Neal 10, Moore 3, Preston 3, Morey 2, B.Miller 2, Team 5). Assists: NP 9 (Haynes 6, Jonas 1, Curry 1, Blackwell 1); YT 8 (R.Miller 5, Moore 2, Morey 1). Steals: NP 3 (Curry 1, Blackwell 1, Riley 1); YT 3 (Morey 1, Neal 1, Conte 1). Blocks: NP 2 (Blackwell 1, Cox 1); YT 6 (Neal 5, R.Miller 1). Total fouls: NP 19, YT 12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: NP 12, YT 8.

JV

New Palestine 41, Yorktown 28

NP — Long 9, Hiland 2, Rightley 8, Vanderwal 6, Farley 6, Cook 6, T.Woodall 4

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