Prep Hoops: North rallies from 18 points back to steal win
North Davidson had a bad first half. East Davidson had an even worse second half.
In a tale of two halves, the Black Knights came all the way back from 18 points down for a stunning 47-45 win.
Fans began filing out of Pete Jones Gymnasium Tuesday at halftime with East owning an 32-14 advantage. They missed out on a wild finish.
North surpassed its first half scoring performance by seven in the third quarter, putting 21 points on the board to East’s nine. The shots that were clanking off the iron the first 16 minutes were starting to find the net, and the Black Knights tightened up on East big man Taylor Booze who burned them for 12 first half points.
“You would think after that great first half against a good team that we would be pretty pumped up, but we came out so flat and I do not have an answer for that,” said East coach Matt Jacobs. “We were terrible and as bad as we could be defensively in the third quarter. That was the difference in the game.”
Six back to start the fourth, NDHS scored the first nine points of the period. Jordan Santana put North ahead for the first time, 42-41 on a nice post move with 5:30 to play. He would score nine of the 12 points in the frame with Shy Tuttle accounting for the other three.
East’s only points came on free throws by Josh Craven and Booze, but the Eagles still had a chance at a tie or the win down 47-45.
Jacobs called for time to set up one last play with 10.7 seconds left. The call was to put the ball in Booze’s hands and they did just that. Going up for the shot, Brandon Easter was able to block it out of bounds with .5 seconds showing. Craven lobbed it to Booze on the inbound play, but Easter got to it again and knocked it away as time ran out.
“We should never give up an 18-point lead,” said Jacobs. “They were a lot better defensively in the second half than we were.”
An ugly first quarter preceded what could be the best eight minutes of basketball the Eagles have played this season.
East built on its 8-6 lead on runs of 5-0, 6-0 and 10-0 to open up a 32-12 cushion. Santana scored with five seconds left giving North some sort of positive to work with.
Booze ended with 16 points for the 2-6 Eagles. North, now 4-2, was led by Santana’s 13 points.
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