The New Palestine boys basketball team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit Saturday to seize the lead in the fourth quarter and beat Franklin Central 67-63.
The Dragons trailed 36-25 at halftime and 49-38 midway through the third, but scored the last seven points of the third quarter to close the Flashes’ lead to 49-45, capped by Matthew True’s 3-pointer. NP then outscored FC 22-14 in the final frame to take the victory.
Midway through the final period, NP trailed 58-52, but True and Maximus Gizzi each hit a pair of free throws and a basket to lead an 8-2 run to tie the game at 60. The Flashes re-took the lead with a free throw, but Gizzi scored again to put the Dragons up 62-61 in the final 90 seconds. After getting a defensive stop, Gizzi hit a free throw. Dylan Romine rebounded the second shot and fed Dawson Eastes, who hit a pair from the line to extend the lead to 65-61. Gizzi then drained two foul shots to seal the victory.
Gizzi scored 26 points, including 15-of-18 from the line, to lead the way. It was his third 20-point game of the season and was one shy of his career high. He was 6-of-8 from the line and scored 10 points in the final quarter.
True added 20 points, hitting three 3-pointers. He helped lead the third-quarter rally, with 10 points in the frame. He added five more in the fourth. Eastes scored all seven of his points in the second half, hitting 5-7 from the line. Romine scored six points. Kyle King scored four points. Eric Roudebush and Jack Walker added two each.
The Dragons are now 3-1 on the season. They next play Saturday, Dec. 22 against Shenandoah.
The Dragon JV won 47-35 to improve to 3-1. The Dragon freshmen fell and are now 2-1 on the year.