INDIANAPOLIS – For those interested in high school’s present and college’s future in the State of Indiana, than North Central was the place to be.
The weren’t specifically matched-up a lot of the night, but the head-to-head battle between Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett and North Central’s Eron Gordon made for a pre-Christmas treat for those in attendance.
Both players made their presence felt in the meeting of the Panthers, with Bluiett finishing with a game-high 40 points and Gordon 26. In the end, however, it was the latter’s team that was able to find its way to the top of the scoreboard.
The freshman Gordon’s ten fourth quarter points helped North Central to a 73-68 victory at home Friday night as the guard helped overcome six-point third quarter deficit for the victory.
Doug Mitchell’s team improved to 5-3 on the season-and Gordon had a lot to do with that down the stretch.
Bluiett and Park Tudor appeared to grab the momentum in the game in the third quarter when the forward scored nine points and helped the Panthers to a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter. But Gordon-who was held scoreless in the third quarter after 16 in the fourth-began to find his rhythm.
He tipped in a shot, hit a three and then put in a layup as part of a 20-3 run that put North Central up 66-55 in the closing moments of the game.
Back came Bluiett, however. The forward took advantage of a foul and a technical on the Panthers’ bench to hit four consecutive free throws to close the gap. A few minutes later, Bluiett hit a three-pointer from the wing to cut the lead down to three with just under a minute remaining.
But Gordon came through again, this time hitting a clutch pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.