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NCHS boys charge back to edge Danville

NCHS boys charge back to edge Danville

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DANVILLE — Anthony Goodar’s left-handed layup with 1.5 seconds remaining Friday night capped a fourth-quarter comeback and lifted Normal Community High School’s basketball team to a 61-60 victory over Danville.

The Ironmen trailed 53-42 with 6:25 left before rallying to stay unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference at 7-0. Goodar’s winning basket came on an assist from Callen Boddie.

“The play was designed for Parker (Musselman) to go down on the block and get it to him,” Goodar said. “Once I saw my man go to trap, I went backdoor and made the layup.”

NCHS (16-5 overall) made Danville pay for missing the front end of two one-and-ones in the final minute.

“When you are down by 11 and they have a great crowd for them, it was a great gut-check time for our team,” Ironmen coach Dave Witzig said. “We responded well.”

NCHS led 18-9 in the first half, but Danville (10-8, 5-2), ranked No. 10 in Class 4A, used a big third quarter to take a 49-42 lead.

“I felt like we played a great first half to be up 30-25 and it was a good pace for us,” Witzig said. “We know they are quick and explosive. They came out and put 24 points on us in the third quarter. To come down here and get a win is huge.”

The 6-8 Musselman had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Ironmen, who shot 52 percent from the field and made 15 of 18 free throws, including 11 of 12 in the fourth quarter.

Goodar added 14 points, Anthony Beane 12 and Boddie 10. Beane had seven rebounds, while Boddie contributed six rebounds and five assists.

D’Lando Carter’s 26 points paced Danville.

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