McDERMOTT — It was a close one, and a good one, as the host Northwest Mohawks and the visiting Notre Dame Titans had the Scioto County boys basketball universe all to themselves on Wednesday night.
In the end, the Mohawks outscored the Titans 24-18 in the second half —and erased deficits in the middle two quarters to prevail 45-44 in a non-league tilt.
Both Notre Dame and Northwest are members of the Southern Ohio Conference, but reside in opposite divisions.
With the win, the Mohawks improved their mark to 4-15, while the Titans fell to 6-12.
Northwest, which scored a dozen points in three of the four quarters, took a 12-8 lead after the first —as both Braden Borens and Dakota Secrest canned three-point goals.
However, Notre Dame doubled up the Mohawks 18-9 in the second stanza, staking a 26-21 halftime advantage — as Caleb Nichols torched the nets for all three of the Titans’ three-pointers plus a two.
All 11 of Nichols’ markers came in the second period.
The Mohawks trimmed the deficit to 36-33 following the third frame, as Braden Campbell converted a pair of free throws for the hosts.
Those foul shots turned out to be massive later on, as they were the only ones out of eight attempts the Mohawks made.
In the fourth quarter, Northwest posted its second 12-8 outscoring of the Titans in a canto.
The Titans took 17 total free-throw attempts, but their six misses proved to be more costly.
Northwest was whistled for 15 fouls, compared to only 10 for Notre Dame.
Secrest, in addition to his two first-half threes, sank three second-half twos towards 12 points.
He tied Brycen Carver for team-high honors, as Carver scored two two-point buckets in the first, third and final quarters.
Blake Carver chipped in eight points on four field goals, while Billy Crabtree and Timmy Emmons added two baskets apiece for four points.
Jermaine Powell paced the Titans with a game-high 17 points — on four field goals and 9-of-11 free throws, including 4-of-4 in the opening period followed by 2-of-2 in the second and 3-of-4 in the fourth.
Jarren Edgington, on five field goals and a split of fourth-quarter foul shots, added 11 points along with Nichols.
Dylan Seison, on two field goals and a split of second-quarter free throws, scored five.
Notre Dame played just seven players in the rotation, while Northwest went with eight.
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