One big quarter was enough to give Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team the separation it needed to pick up another win Friday night (Jan. 5).
In what was a closely-contested game, the Tigers used a 20-point second quarter to build a double-digit halftime lead and made it stand up in a 62-53 win over Martinsville in non-conference action.
Hutsonville-Palestine held a 13-11 edge after one quarter, then outscored Martinsville 20-12 in the second period to make the score 33-23 at halftime. Martinsville closed the gap to 44-36 by the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Bluestreaks 18-17 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Evan Newlin led the Tigers with 25 points, including six three-pointers, while Jerry Gower tossed in 15. Isaac York also reached double figures with 10 points, Will Newlin scored eight and Zeke Nave and Aaron Nehls netted two points apiece.
The balanced attack by the Tigers outdid the one-man show that was Dalton Rollings, who poured in 36 points, including six three-pointers, to lead Martinsville. No other player scored more than six points for the Bluestreaks.
In the junior varsity game, Hutsonville-Palestine fell short, 47-41.
Will Newlin and Kurtis Plew led the Tigers with 10 points apiece, while Chris Thacker and Adam Pickering each scored eight.