Highland overcame a slow start at home against Loudonville on Tuesday to post a 49-37 victory.
While the Scots were down 11-5 after the first quarter, they battled back to get within a 15-13 margin at the half. They were up by one after outscoring their opponents 13-10 in the third quarter and then finished the game by winning the fourth quarter by a 23-12 margin to turn a one-point game into a double-digit win.
The Scots were led by Jordan Bellamy, who hit four three-pointers in scoring 21. Rider Minnick finished with 12 and Garrett Fitzpatrick added eight.
Highland finished its regular season with a 9-13 record, 5-9 in MOAC play, after splitting a pair of league contests over the weekend.
On Friday, the Scots earned a 57-44 win over visiting Clear Fork thanks to a strong second half. The game was tied at eight after one quarter and the Scots were in a 17-15 hole at the half, but Highland rallied in the third to hold a 35-29 advantage. They would then outscore the Colts 22-15 in the fourth to pull away for the double-digit win.
Bellamy’s 17 points led Highland. Minnick scored 13, Fitzpatrick had 12 and Brock Church tallied eight.
Saturday saw Shelby pull away from host Highland in the second half to claim a 67-49 decision.
The Scots trailed 24-13 after the first quarter, but battled back to within a 36-29 score at the half. However, Shelby took a 20-12 edge in the third quarter and outscored the Scots 11-8 in the fourth to claim the win.
Bellamy scored 15 to pace Highland, while Minnick tallied 13 and Dane Nauman scored eight.
Northmor Golden Knights
Northmor jumped out to a good start and built upon it throughout their home game with Cristo Rey on Tuesday, finishing on top by a 67-34 score.
The score was 17-8 in favor of Northmor after eight minutes of action and they consistently added to that advantage by outscoring their guests 15-8 in the second quarter, 18-2 in the third and 17-16 in the fourth.
All 11 Golden Knights who dressed wound up scoring. Graesin Cass, Grant Bentley and Max Lower all finished with 13 in the game, while Logan Mariotti tallied eight.
On Thursday, Northmor played evenly with host North Union for three quarters, but couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter of a 53-36 loss.
The Wildcats held a slim lead after each of the first three periods. It was 12-9 after eight minutes of play, 25-21 at the half and 33-31 going into the fourth. However, North Union took a 20-5 advantage down the stretch to pull away for the win.
For Northmor, Max Lower tallied 10 points.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead was edged 53-47 by visiting Lucas on Friday to fall to 8-14 on the season.
The Indians found themselves in a 14-9 hole after the first quarter, which Lucas increased to a 27-21 score by halftime and a 39-29 margin by the end of the third. MG outscored their guests 18-14 over the final eight minutes, but would not be able to completely erase their deficit.
Paul Butterman hit three three-pointers in scoring a team-high 13 points. Matthew Bland added 11, Carter Kennon scored nine on three three-pointers and Aaron Rodgers finished with eight.
Cardington finished its regular season with a 3-19 record after losing a Friday night game at Ridgemont by a 60-41 margin.
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