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DANVILLE — A seven-point lead got away from the Bloomington High School basketball team in the final 40 seconds Friday as Danville prevailed in a battle of Class 4A state-ranked teams, 81-78, at Danville.

“We missed two front ends of one and ones, we gave a up a celebration layup (after a BHS dunk) and had a major turnover forcing the ball up the floor,” BHS coach Micheal Mosley said. “We have five crucial possessions where we didn’t value the basketball.”

The No. 3-ranked Purple Raiders dropped to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Tied for sixth in 4A, Danville advanced to 9-0 and 2-0 in conference play.

“They had control early, but we ran off on them the fourth quarter,” said Mosley. “They are really good. They’re small, but their dribble penetration is really strong. We didn’t do a good job containing dribble penetration.”

Chris Payton scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for BHS. Sean Houpt topped Danville with 22 points and Tevin Smith added 19.

The Vikings were perfect on 16 attempts from the free throw line.

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