Lions drop heartbreaker at Maryville 86-84

(Photo by Logan Creekmur)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – For the third straight contest, the Piedmont men’s basketball team’s fate was determined in the final minute of play as the Lions lost 86-84 on the road at Maryville Sunday.

Piedmont was held scoreless over the final three minutes of play as Maryville surged ahead for the win using a 9-0 run to end the game.

The Lions fell behind early by eight points but tied it up with a Fisher Darden 3-pointer nearly eight minutes in. The two danced around back-and-forth with Piedmont taking a three point lead off a 3-pointer by Caleb Lesch, but the Scots again managed to take a six point lead with under five to go till the half.

Piedmont challenged late as Griffin Neville hit a pair of 3-pointers, but the Scots led 42-38 at the break.

In the second half, Noah Reardon tied the game at 50 on a fastbreak layup with 16:08 remaining. Piedmont was not able to take the lead until nearly the 10:00 mark as Ryan Jolly hit a jumper to go ahead 66-64.

Piedmont stretched their lead to as many as eight with 8:02 remaining off another Neville triple, but in the final eight minutes, Piedmont scored just eight points after leading 76-68.

In the final eight minutes of play, Piedmont committed six turnovers and went 3-of-14 from the field.

Up next, the Lions head to Belhaven to take on the Blazers Saturday at 5 p.m.

–The Scots held Piedmont scoreless over the final three minutes of play as Maryville connected for nine points and the victory.

Ryan Jolly led Piedmont with 15 points as he was held off his average of 20+ points for the fourth game in a row.
Griffin Neville posted a season-high 14 points off the bench.

–Piedmont’s last three losses have come by a combined seven points.

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