An 18-point second-half lead almost wasn’t enough for Center Grove’s boys basketball team in Tuesday night’s first round of Class 4A Sectional 13.
After dominating the first two periods of a contest that was played at Center Grove, the Trojans (9-12) were outscored 48-32 in the second half yet managed to hold on for a 71-70 victory over New Palestine.
Junior Tyler Bryant led three Trojans in double-figures with 22 points. Junior point guard Ryan Pendygraft had 15 points and sophomore Michael Benkert chipped in 14.
The Dragons, who made 8 of 26 3-point shot attempts, trailed by only four points with 3:23 remaining in the game following a 3-point basket by sophomore Ryan Curry.