SPARTA — The winless Marion Harding Presidents appear to be on the verge of finally making it over the hump. The Highland Scots, however, made sure that it didn’t happen on their home court on Friday evening.
The Scots defeated the Presidents, 54-45, in Friday’s nonconference boys basketball matchup to raise their overall season record to 8-4. The other good news for the Scots is that center Jett Swetland and forward Curtis Belcher each made up for subpar performances on Tuesday. Swetland had 21 points and Belcher had 14 against the Presidents to lead the team in scoring.
They would need a good effort from everyone to stop Marion Harding, who didn’t play like a team that had lost 11 straight games going into Friday.
“They are really close (to winning),” said Highland coach Matt Bradley. “Tuesday, they had a tie game after three, but got outscored in the fourth quarter. I know they gave Mount Vernon a battle. They play really hard.”
The Presidents stayed close, despite a pair of field goals, each, from Swetland and Belcher. The Scots saw an early 12-6 lead evaporate with the first shot of the second quarter. Roger Harmon landed a 3-pointer for the Presidents to tie the game at 12.
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