The New Palestine boys basketball team responded to several late Shenandoah rallies to seize a 70-67 double-overtime victory over the Class 2A No. 4 Raiders Saturday at NP.
The Dragons built an eight-point lead at 52-44 in the final minute on Dawson Eastes’ dunk before the Raiders responded with eight points – a 3-pointer, a putback and a three-point play – to tie it at 52-52. The Dragons had the final possession but the last-second shot hit the rim, sending the game to OT.
In the extra session, Maximus Gizzi and Dylan Romine scored four points each to give NP a 60-57 lead before a 3-pointer by the Raiders’ Jakeb Kinsey tied the game in the closing seconds to send it to a second OT.
The teams traded scores, witih Romine and Gizzi each hitting two free throws, both of which were answered by the Raiders’ Kaden McCullough. With the game tied at 64, Eastes hit a putback from a tough angle to give the Dragons the lead. NP forced a miss and rebounded. Eastes was fouled and hit two free throws in the final minute to make it a 68-64 game. McCullough drilled a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one. A Dragon turnover gave the ball back to Shenandoah, but good defense forced a miss on a driving shot in the final five seconds. Eric Roudebush came away from a scramble with the rebound and hit both free throws. A last-ditch 3-pointer by Shenandoah hit the rim and fell off, allowing the Dragons to take the victory.
The teams traded runs through the first half, with the teams tied 13-13 after a quarter. A 9-0 run bridging the quarters gave NP an 18-13 edge, and the Dragons led 24-21 at the half. The teams traded the lead several times in the third quarter – with Eastes hitting three 3-pointers in the frame. A late surge gave NP a lead and Maxen Hook stole a pass and drilled a half-court shot to make it 41-35 at the buzzer, giving NP its biggest lead of the night. After Shenandoah cut the lead to one with the first five points of the quarter, Romine hit a big three-point play and a jumper to respond and help push the lead to six points – and later extended to eight – before the late Raider rally to send the game to OT.
Eastes led the way with 21 points – his third 20-point game of the season. He hit 8-for-8 from the line. Romine tallied 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter and six in the overtimes. Gizzi scored six points in the OT sessions and scored 14 points.
Matthew True and Roudebush scored five each. Hook scored three, while Jack Walker and Kyle King scored two each.
McCullough led Shenandoah with 20 points, including nine in the OT sessions. He led three Raiders in double figures.
The Dragons are now 4-1 on the season. They next play Beech Grove at noon Dec. 28 at the Decatur Central Tournament.
The Dragons won the JV game 47-29. Steele Brasfield led the way with 15 points.