Close games in the gym at Terre Haute North High School continued to be the norm for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team and unfortunately for the Maroons, they were once again unable to find a way to get a win.
After losing three games by a combined 11 points in the Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute North just after Christmas, the Maroons battled with the host team for four quarters Tuesday night, but came up just short in a 56-50 loss in the non-conference contest.
The game was close virtually throughout, with both teams holding multiple leads. Robinson trailed 13-9 after one quarter, but got a baseline jumper from Kade Lassen and a three-pointer from Nick Weber early in the second quarter to take their first lead of the game at 14-13. The lead see-sawed back and forth for a while until a pair of baskets by Brayden Childress gave RHS a 20-18 lead with 1:30 left in the half. Childress then added two free throws with 27 seconds remaining and the Maroons held a 22-18 advantage at halftime.
Terre Haute North started the third quarter strong and led by as many as four in the period, but a three-pointer by Lassen at the buzzer gave the Maroons a 38-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
However, the Maroons were unable to sustain the momentum, as North outscored RHS 19-12 in the final period, including the last five points of the game at the free throw line to seal the win.
Childress, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career during the game, led RHS with 23 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist. Lassen posted 20 points, two steals and one rebound, Weber contributed five points, two rebounds and one assist and Jeffrey Goble netted two points and three rebounds.
Mark Hankins led Terre Haute North with 17 points, nine rebounds and one blocked shot, while Dalton Sturm posted 14 points and five rebounds and Bryson Carpenter contributed 10 points and two rebounds.
Robinson also lost the junior varsity game, 66-30. Weber led RHS with 10 points, while Logan Roy and Cole Johnson scored six points apiece.