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Northrop falls in HOF Classic semis

NEW CASTLE – Northrop fell to Indianapolis Tech 72-59 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic on Friday.

Northrop (8-2) will face Jay County (6-1) in the 7:30 p.m. consolation game.

The Class 4A No. 3 Titans (7-1) outscored the No. 8 Bruins 26-16 in the third quarter.

"We lost our focus a little bit," Northrop coach Barak Coolman said of the third. "It was tough to do some of the things that have made us successful.

"Obviously there was a big difference in energy level from last night to today. It's just a learning process. I don't think it was a fatigue thing as it was a mind thing. It means we didn't play with the energy that we need to play with."

Northrop led 13-11 after the first quarter, but was down 27-23 at halftime.

Bryson Scott led Northrop with 19 points and five rebounds, but had six turnovers.

Cory Womack added 16 points, and Brenton Scott had only seven points and was scoreless in the first half.

Tech got 19 points from Trey Lyles, including 11 in the pivotal third.

Lyles added 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

"He's a great player," Coolman said of the 6-foot-10 Lyles, who is still undecided on his college choice. "His size, but also his skill-set, just sets him apart. Not many guys can do what he can do."

Tech will play Cathedral, which beat Jay County 53-47 in the first semifinal, in the 9:15 p.m. championship game.

The Bruins are the first Fort Wayne boys team to play in the Hall of Fame Classic since 1978. Northrop will play five games in four days after Saturday's championship game of the SAC tournament against Concordia.

For more on Northrop in the Hall of Fame Classic, read Saturday's Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.

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