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Resilient Broncos hold off Eastbrook

Jan. 16—DALEVILLE — Noah Colvin does not often score the most points for Daleville, but as was the case Tuesday night, scoring the most important points is not an uncommon occurrence for the Broncos' junior point guard.

With Eastbrook renewing focus on the red-hot Meryck Adams, Colvin scored nine points and assisted on the remaining three points during a pivotal 12-3 second-half run, and Daleville scored a 66-62 comeback win over Eastbrook on Paul Garrison Court.

Daleville snapped a brief two-game skid and improved to 7-4 on the season while Eastbrook dropped its fourth in a row and fell to 4-9. The Broncos are now 4-1 against the Panthers in the last five seasons.

A strong Eastbrook start netted the Panthers a 21-13 advantage after the first quarter, but the hot hand of Adams reversed course quickly.

After Josh Wilson opened the second quarter with a 3-point basket, Adams connected on three straight subsequent possessions as the Broncos took a 25-23 lead. Colvin scored moments later on a drive to push the lead to 27-23.

But the fast-paced Panthers tied the game at 32-32 just before halftime on a rebound basket by Reid Aupperle.

Adams scored 18 points in the first half for the Broncos, but Daleville needed others to fill the second-half scoring role as Eastbrook keyed in on Adams, who also picked up his fourth foul.

That's where Colvin and Wilson came into play.

"Clearly, they guarded Meryck differently in the second half. That's what most teams do when he had the hot hand in the first half," Daleville coach Ashley Fouch said. "What some teams don't get, when they do that, they give us an opportunity to have Noah and Koleman (Newsome) produce on the points side of things, and we know they can do that."

A Bodie Howell drive put the Panthers ahead 43-41 late in the third quarter, but the lead was short lived thanks to Colvin.

Colvin buried a 3-point basket to regain the lead for good at 44-43 late in the third quarter. He followed with an assist to Newsome for a 3-pointer and scored on a drive for a 49-43 Daleville lead.

Newsome finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks, and Wilson enjoyed a career night with 15 points for Daleville.

"Josh can do that," Fouch said. "I think it's just breathing confidence in him and making him realize he can have a big night, too. Before the game, we hyped him up. I made sure he knows that we have his back, and he absolutely is a big part of who we are."

Jayden Younce hit a 3-pointer to close out the third for Eastbrook, but Colvin scored the first four points — on a free throw and a 3-point basket — to open the fourth, and Daleville had a 53-46 lead.

The rest of the way, Colvin had the answers when the Panthers made a run. He responded to Eastbrook baskets with a 19-foot jumper for a 57-50 lead and fed Wilson for a 3-point basket — his third of the night — for Daleville's biggest advantage at 60-52.

After three straight Daleville turnovers allowed Eastbrook to pull within one point at 61-60, an Adams steal ended the Panthers' hopes at taking the lead, and the Broncos converted on five of six free throws over the closing seconds — including the final two from Colvin.

Colvin finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Younce led four Panthers in double figures with 13 points.

In a triple-overtime marathon, Eastbrook outlasted Daleville 64-63 in the junior varsity game. Mekhi Snyder led the Broncos with 31 points while Bryson Sigler added 14 points.

Contact Rob Hunt at rob.hunt@heraldbulletin.com or 765-640-4886.