Special to the Daily Mail
A furious fourth-quarter rally by Northeast Vernon County came up just shy in a 70-66 setback to visiting Calhoun Friday night.
The Knights fired in 25 points in the final 8 minutes of the contest, sparked by Jacob Maus, who drilled three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the frame. Drue Hoagland contributed six in that time.
Calhoun managed 16 points in the fourth quarter, but the nine-point advantage by the Knights wasn't enough to erase an earlier deficit.
Northeast Vernon County was within two at 17-15 after the first quarter and trailed by just five at 31-26 at halftime.
But Calhoun rolled off 23 points, while the Knights collected 15 in the third period and led, 54-41, going into the last 8 minutes.
Maus finished with 18 points to lead Northeast Vernon County. Mitchell Longstreth and Taylor Highfill both added 12, Hoagland had 11, Joel Baer seven, Tyrein Davis four and Jayce Vantellman two.
Travis Redding led Calhoun with 16, all but two of those coming in the last quarter. Dakota Price added 15, Tyler Rusche had 13 and Denton Harris 12.
Earlier in the week against Halfway, NEVC fell behind, 19-13, after the first quarter and 43-27, at halftime.
A third quarter run of 24 points for Halfway put the game out of reach as Northeast Vernon County fell, 80-40.
Baer's 14 points paced the Knights. Hoagland and Maus added six, Longstreth and Highfill five each and Trenton Rader four.
Taylor led Halfway with 42.