By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com
SPRINGBORO — Leading by 10 points by the end of the first quarter and 34-29 at halftime the Northmont boys basketball team suffered a letdown of sorts Friday night at Springboro.
The Thunderbolts distributed the ball well in the first quarter to take a 19-9 lead entering the second stanza. Northmont buried a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter; two by Donavin Wallace and one by Cameron Rucker. Springboro knocked down a trio in the second quarter; one each by Kaleb Tabor, C.J. Emanuel and Connor Grevey to cut the Thunderbolts’ lead to five at halftime.
When play resumed in the third quarter Northmont players seemed intent on playing one-on-one basketball and the Panthers zeroed in on the basket from the perimeter to bury five 3-pointers to take a 53-42 lead entering the fourth quarter.