The New Palestine boys basketball team dropped a 59-55 decision Thursday at Perry Meridian in a back-and-forth contest.
NP fell behind by eight points in the second quarter, but scored the final six of the first half – punctuated by a defensive steal by the Dragons and two free throws by Matthew True in the closing seconds – and then the first eight of the third quarter to take a 32-26 edge, including a pair of 3-pointers by True. PM responded with a 7-0 run to re-take the lead. Maximus Gizzi answered with a hoop, PM responded, and then Dawson Eastes cashed in a three-point play to put the Dragons up 37-35.
The teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 39, but PM’s Noah Pendleton scored six early points to give the Falcons a 45-41 lead. The Dragons cut the deficit to two on numerous occasions, but PM’s strong free throw shooting down the stretch allowed the Falcons to hold off the comeback. Perry Meridian was 25-of-25 from the line in the game, including 12-12 in the fourth quarter.
True led the Dragons with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Gizzi had 13 points and Dylan Romine 10. Ten Dragons played and all found the scoresheet. Eastes scored six second-half points. Jack Walker scored four. Maxen Hook, Eric Roudebush and Jacob Hockett all had two points each, while Kyle King scored one.
With 13 points, Gizzi moved into a 10th-place tie on the New Palestine career scoring list. His 851 career points match the total of Brett Singer (1983-86).
Semaj Danley led three Perry Meridian players in double figures with 21 points. He was 13-13 from the line. Reggie McDonald scored 10 of his 16 in the first quarter. Jayden Taylor added 12.
The Dragons are now 10-6 on the season. They next play Saturday afternoon against Richmond. The JV game tips at 1 p.m., varsity at 2:30 p.m.
The Dragon JV fell 42-41 in overtime. Steele Brasfield scored 20 points and Jayden Moore 11 to lead NP.