BURLINGTON — The Central Heights High School boys basketball team battled from behind all game long Tuesday in Burlington.
Burlington held off a late Viking rally to down Central Heights, 69-63.
“Going on the road to play a quality opponent, you need to be more mentally prepared than physically prepared,” Central Heights coach Rusty Cannady said. “Usually playing on the road, you spot the home team 10 points.
“So going in we were 10 down already. When the game started, we were flat, no energy, and careless. Two minutes in, we were down 7-0.
“With spotting them 10 already, make it 17-0 ... that is a tough hole to dig yourself out of.”
Central Heights closed the gap in the second quarter.
“After the first quarter ended and midway through the second, we were playing ok,” Cannady said. “We cut the lead to one and had a chance to go ahead at the half, but turned the ball over and they scored to take a 3-point lead.”
Burlington led 37-34 at halftime.
Central Heights was outscored by eight in the third quarter to fall behind 54-43.
“The start of the third was the difference,” Cannady said. “We started the same way we started the game flat with no energy and could never get over the hump.
“I did not do a good job of getting my team prepared. Credit coach Dirk Over for having his team ready to play. You could definantly tell the difference.”
Jordan Horstick paced the Vikings with 22 points. Drew Beckwith netted 12.
Central Heights plays 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Metro Academy.
Central Heights (63) — Davis 2, McAfee 7, Burkdoll 9, Beckwith 12, Horstick 22, Erhart 7, Hendron 4.
Burlington (69) — Redding 20, Mahoney 3, Meyer 2, Shell 11, Ratzlaf 17, Beyer 10, Schepers 6.