The rematch was much closer, but the outcome was still the same for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team.
After losing to eventual Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament champion Cumberland by 24 points 10 days ago, the Tigers played much better in Friday (Feb. 2)'s rematch, but still came out on the short end of a 56-45 decision in their LOVC Southeast Division contest at Hutsonville.
Hutsonville-Palestine trailed by just two points, 10-8, at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored 23-12 in the second period for a 33-20 halftime deficit. The Tigers responded by outscoring Cumberland 15-9 in the third quarter to pull within 42-35, but Cumberland outscored Hutsonville-Palestine 14-10 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Zeke Nave led Hutsonville-Palestine with 14 points, while Isaac York also reached double figures with 12. Jerry Gower tossed in eight points, Evan Newlin scored six, Adam Pickering netted three and Will Newlin added two.
Zach Wolke led Cumberland with 21 points, while Tyson Magee was right behind with 20.
Hutsonville-Palestine also lost the junior varsity game 43-35.
Chase Knoblett led the Tigers with 11 points, while Jess Newlin scored 10.