The Yellow Jackets of Morristown invaded Memorial Gym Monday and led the Lions at two quarter breaks. Neither was the fourth quarter as the Lions poured in 31 points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Jackets 73-65.
The Lions improve to 8-9 on the season and the Jackets drop their sixth straight to fall to 9-9 on the season.
Morristown’s Ty Streeval hit a 3-pointer to open the first quarter. The Lions responded with a bucket by Nate Niehoff and a 3-pointer by Mitch Laird. After a bucket by Morristown’s Kyle Burton, Laird hit another 3-pointer. That would be a theme for the first half. Laird connected on six 3-pointers in the first half en route to his team-high 21 points.
The Jackets built a four point lead at 15-11, but the Lions closed the first quarter with a Cameron Cox free throw and bucket by Kris Combs to cut the Morristown lead to 15-14 after one quarter.
The Jackets opened the second quarter with the first seven points to push the lead to 22-14. With the lead at 25-18, Laird sparked the Lions with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to one. After a bucket by Andrew Shepherdson for the Jackets, Laird drained another bomb to knot the game at 27-27. A Brad Busald rebound bucket and Laird 3-pointer gave the Lions a 5-point lead. Shepherdson scored late in the half to cut the deficit to 32-29 at the break.
Morristown outscored the Lions 16-10 in the third quarter to regain the lead. Early in the quarter, Niehoff converted a conventional three-point play to extend the Lion lead to six. The Jackets fought back with an 8-2 run to tie the game on a pair of Brian Borders free throws. Cox’s traditional three-point play put the Lions back in front, but the Jackets put together another 8-2 gave Morristown the 45-42 lead after three quarters.