by Jeff “JP” Miklovic
The North Baltimore High School Tiger Boys Basketball team hosted Pandora – Gilboa in a Blanchard Valley Conference game Friday evening to a goodly sized crowd.
The Rockets (2 – 13, 2 – 3 BVC) travel well and brought a nice crowd to cheer a line up which featured several freshman in the starting line-up. But make no mistake, after 14 games in the season, these youngsters are figuring the game out. It took the veteran Tiger team the better part of three quarters to build a nice lead that they had to battle to hang onto until the end, winning 61 – 46.
Tied at the end of the first quarter 14 – 14, NB could only manage a 25 – 24 lead at the half, as they shot poorly and were sloppy with the ball. NB’s Coach “K” may have lit the troops up at half-time, as the Tigers game out with a much stronger attack and took a commanding 43 – 33 lead into the final quarter. The Rockets tried to scrape their way back into the game, but NB finally finished them off for a solid win.
The Tigers improve to 4 – 3 in the BVC and 8 – 6 overall, led again by the big man inside,6′ 7″ Chad Wright, who hit for 16 points in a lackluster offensive performance, however, the junior is playing smarter and tougher “D” in the paint, with 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots, while limiting his fouls.
Senior Levi Newcomer had his strongest game hitting for 18 points (four – “3’s”) to lead all scorers, he added 3 assists and a steal and a very solid defensive effort. Sean Watson had 9 points; Noah Brian scored 7 points; Derek McMahon hit for 6; Lane Bishop scored 3 points, snagged 7 rebounds and dished for five assists; Jacob Pelton scored a bucket for 2 and had several quality minutes off the bench, along with Christian Richmond, in support of a winning team effort.
Drew Johnson led P- G with 14 points. Ryan Lee hit for 10 points.
NB won the Junior Varsity game 48-23.
We’ll be adding some photos, please check back later! (gotta go get some supplies for the big storm!)
photos by JP Miklovic