"We let this one slip away."
Those were the words of Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger after Friday night's Colonial League loss to Pen Argyl as his Tigers came up on the losing side of a 38-35 tilt.
"We just couldn't get that stop when we needed to," said Eddinger. "We had that turnover that seems to happen all the time [late in the game]."
The Tigers had their fair share of turnovers in the first half as well, seven in total.
Pen Argyl (6-9; 4-7) found itself up 21-12 at the half thanks in large part to Chris Muller, who had seven points at the break. In addition, the Tigers shot 5-19 from the field and struggled against the Green Knights' defense.
"The bottom line is that they played zone and we missed some areas where we could've attacked," Eddinger said. "We talked about it and talked about it. We missed some things, like high-lows, that we can't miss."
Down 14 with 3:06 left in the third, sophomore Parker Jones, who finished with nine points, drained a three to register the first points for the Tigers in the third frame. Two possessions later senior Kevin Markovitch (eight points, four rebounds) got his own rebound and put it back to bring them within nine with 1:55 left in the third.
With the home crowd backing the surging Tigers (4-13; 1-12), Jones drained another long three to cut Pen Argyl's lead to seven. Two possessions later, Jones hoisted another trey and it tickled the twine again which incited a roar from Tiger Nation.
Senior Cam Richardson, who was the leading Tiger with 11 points, talked about the energy.
"The gym was definitely loud for once," said Richardson. "Once we started knocking down shots, we really got into our groove. The intensity was definitely there. The building was into it and we were into it."
Northwestern was right in the thick of it trailing by only two, 27-25, entering the fourth quarter. A quick three by Pen Argyl's Devon LaBarre (who led all scorers with 12 points) pushed their lead to five. A three by Richardson knotted it at 30 with 5:10 left, but the Green Knights always had an answer.
Richardson kissed a three-pointer off the glass from the right corner to knot it at 35 with 2:25 remaining, but the Tigers inability to make that needed stop on one of the next possessions ensured their fourth straight defeat.
Northwestern won the JV contest, 42-38.
Muller 2-6-9-10, Fehr 0-1-2-1, N. Gillette 0-1-5-1, Messerschmidt 1-0-0-2, J. Gillette 0-0-0-0, LaBarre 4-1-1-12, Stecz 1-0-0-3, Sisson 0-0-0-0, Nied 3-0-0-7, Strouse 0-0-0-0, Ruppert 1-0-0-2. Totals: 12-9-17-38
Archer 1-0-2-2, Williamson 0-0-0-0, Mengel 0-0-0-0, Jones 3-0-0-9, Breininger 0-1-2-1, Breidinger 1-2-2-4, Schwartz 0-0-0-0, Shuey 0-0-0-0, Richardson 4-1-1-11, Markovitch 4-0-0-8. Totals: 13-4-7-35
Pen Argyl 11 10 6 11 - 38
N'western 5 7 13 10 - 35
Three-Pointers: PA - Labarre 3, Stecz 1, Nied 1; NW - Jones 3, Richardson 2.