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BAINBRIDGE — Before a minute had passed in Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game between North Putnam and North Montgomery, Ellis Lyons was down two threes and set the tone for senior night.
The Cougars were up double digits after a quarter and out of sight at halftime, rolling the Chargers 71-35.
Lyon’s pair of trebles to start the game forced an early time-out from the visitors while a third from the same player made it 12-2.
Jarrod Kirsch hit one of his two threes in the quarter in response, but the second came after North Putnam (18-3) took a 21-7 lead, sending North Montgomery (2-19) into the second quarter down 21-10.
Aaron Pickel hit two threes early in the period around a Lyon free throw before adding a layup to create a 32-14 advantage.
Zach Huff and Pickel added a pair of baskets to close out the half, sending the Cougars into the halftime lead 38-16.
A low-key third quarter saw the hosts add to their lead again with senior Chase Hutto opening the half with a lay-up while North Montgomery had a few brief attacking pops along the inside as Drew Norman hit a hook shot while Colton Zachary scored twice on the post moves. .
Leading 51-23 after three periods, North Putnam saw the 30 lead crest for the first time on a field goal from Matt McHargue.
Kolby Harwood scored five quick points in the quarter for the visitors to briefly help keep the momentum going, but with the game well in hand the Cougars were able to give Lyon’s seven seniors, Pickel, Huff, Hutto, McHargue , Nic Hensley and Will Buescher, their moments to be greeted by the crowd.
North Putnam returns to action on Wednesday with its match at Fountain Central brought forward a day while North Montgomery hosts Greencastle in its regular season finale.