KNIGHTSTOWN, INDIANA — Playing in the Historic Hoosier Gym, made famous in the film Hoosiers, Tri-County North’s boys’ basketball team played Middletown Madison to open the 2017-18 season.
The Panthers rallied from a 16-point, third quarter deficit, but came up short in their season-opener Saturday, Dec. 2, 66-55.
“It was an extremely competitive game,” Tri-County North Coach Joe Smith said.
After trimming the lead to two, North came away with a defensive stop and had a chance to tie, but couldn’t convert.
“At that point we were forced to be aggressive and go for steals and fouls,” the Panthers second-year coach said. “The final score was 66-55, but really should have been a six-point loss.”
Senior Dillon McCollugh led the Panthers with 29 points and junior Brian Stinson added 13.
The Panthers (0-1) will host rival Twin Valley South (1-1) on Friday, Dec. 8 and will travel to New Miami on Saturday, Dec. 9.
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