The New Palestine boys basketball team rallied from an early seven-point deficit to take control in the second half and beat Mt. Vernon 60-50 Friday at NPHS.
The Dragons improved to 13-7 on the season and clinched second place in the HHC with a 6-1 record.
MV used an early 3-point barrage, hitting four of its first five from beyond the arc, to take an early 14-7 advantage. But the Marauders would hit just one more triple in the game, while NP answered with its own barrage from deep.
The Dragons hit 10 3-pointers in the game to seize control, their second straight game hitting double digits from beyond the arc.
Trailing 19-12, Dawson Eastes and Maximus Gizzi hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 19-18. NP would eventually take a 24-22 lead in a tight second quarter that ended with the game knotted at 29-29.
The Dragons used another hot-shooting third quarter to seize the lead. After MV’s Keith Rupert scored the first basket of the second half, the Dragons answered with a 16-4 run. Dylan Romine tied the game, then drilled a 3-pointer to give NP a 34-31 lead. MV answered with a hoop, but Matthew True hit an NBA-range triple to make it 37-33. After surrendering another hoop, True drilled another 3-pointer, followed by one by Gizzi and a driving shot by Romine to spark an 10-0 run
The Dragons led 49-39 after three and seized control with the first eight points of the fourth quarter. Maxen Hook hit a reverse layup, Matthew True a driving shot, Eric Roudebush a 3-pointer and Gizzi a free throw to push the edge to 57-39 midway through the period. MV scored 11 straight points to cut the lead to 57-50 with 1:01 to go. True hit a free throw and Romine a breakaway layup to seal it.
Romine led the Dragons with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. True followed with 14 points, with three 3-pointers. Gizzi tallied 11 points, including two 3-pointers and 5-6 from the line. Eastes had 10 first-half points, including a pair of triples, to give NP four players in double figures.
Peyton Meadors led MV with 18 points, including 13 in the opening half.
The Dragons are next in action Saturday at Whiteland. The JV game tips at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m. New Pal Radio will broadcast live.