HAMLER — Patrick Henry went cold shooting the ball during a critical stretch in the fourth quarter and North Baltimore pulled away for a 46-40 victory in the House of Heat Saturday night.
The Patriots entered the final period trailing 27-26, but a lay-up by Kolton Holloway and a 3-pointer from Kace Jackson gave PH a 4-point cushion one minute into the canto.
However, Patrick Henry went ice cold for the next 6 1/2 minutes, making one field goal and going 1 of 4 from the foul line during that stretch.
North Baltimore went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead, and after a bucket by Holloway with four minutes remaining, outscored the Patriots 7-1 to take a 42-34 lead with 25 seconds remaining.
Jackson made it interesting down the stretch, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to make it 44-40 with 12 seconds remaining, but the Tigers were deadly from the charity stripe.
North Baltimore made 17 of 19 free throws for the game, including 9 of 10 in the final 48 seconds to seal the win.
Patrick Henry was 16 of 50 from the field for 38% and committed 18 turnovers in the contest.
“In transition we were going too fast,” said Patrick Henry coach CJ Holman. “Too many times in those situations we would get down and not even get set (on offense).”
Patrick Henry led 22-17 at intermission, with Garrett Schwiebert scoring all 8 of his points in the first half.
“They started sagging their top guard to the point three guys were on him in the second half,” said Holman. “Garrett made some good decisions to get the ball to our shooters, we just didn’t knock down shots.
“We are going to start facing a lot of zone defenses if we can’t knock down shots,” added Holman. “The looks the kids got were good, the decisions we made were good. We are waiting for the ball to fall.”
Jackson led the Patriots with 12 points, while Holloway added 11.
Patrick Henry had a 49-32 advantage on the boards with Schwiebert grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.
North Baltimore was led by Levi Gazarek with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gazarek was 10 of 11 from the foul line.
Clay Heineman added 14 for the Tigers, who were 13 of 45 from the field for 29%.
Patrick Henry (1-8) is back in action Tuesday at Miller City.
NB 10 7 10 19 — 46
PH 14 8 4 14 — 40
North Baltimore — Gazarek 4-1-10-21, Hagemeyer 1-1-0-5, Clark 0-2-2, Bucher 0-1-1-4, Heineman 5-4-14. Totals: 10-3-17-46.
Patrick Henry — Schwiebert 4-0-8, Jackson 1-3-1-12, Schulze 0-1-1-4, Holloway 4-1-0-11, Crossland 1-0-2, Rosengarten 1-1-3. Totals: 11-5-3-40.