Once the Northridge Raiders started pounding the ball inside, the momentum in their high school boys basketball game with the Angola Hornets began to change Saturday night.

Northridge forced the ball inside to 6-5 junior Brent Eaton and 6-6 senior Andy Cohoat, who combined for 27 of their 33 points in the second half of a 52-48 win over the Hornets in Middlebury.

The Raiders trailed 21-16 at halftime before outscoring Angola 20-10 in the third period. Eaton and Cohoat scored all of the Raider points in the momentum-turning period.

“The night after you play Jimtown, your body is sore,” Northridge coach Jason Ridge said. “We battled with that early on in the game. We talked at halftime about where we felt we had advantages. Eaton demanded the ball inside.

“Winning this game after losing to Jimtown (51-34) was very important. We played with passion and energy. In the second half, we showed a lot of toughness.

Angola coach Greg Holmes said, “Northridge picked up the intensity on offense and defense in the second half. Northridge is a very good team. They have a tremendous coach. I hope people realize that.

“They met our challenge and we didn’t step up. That is a part of our youth.”

Northridge (3-2) hosts the Goshen Redskins next Friday. Angola is 3-2.

Eaton tossed in a game-high 21 points. He scored nine points in the third period and 17 in the second half.

“Eaton is still finding his own” Holmes said. “He wanted the ball. He didn’t have a good game Friday night and unfortunately for us we had to play them after that. He is a great player and a great kid. He is going to be a very good college player.”

Eaton’s 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the third gave Northridge a 25-24 lead. It was the first Raider lead since 14-13 at 6:10 of the second period.

Cohoat scored 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter. He has scored in double figures in four of Northridge’s five games.

“Cohoat worked very hard over the summer,” Ridge said. “Coach (assistant Jonathan) Kirkton and the rest of the staff worked with him on his footwork. He is more aggressive and is a skilled player that is going to keep improving.”

Derrick Troyer, 5-10 junior, added 12 points for the Raiders. He also dished out a team-high four assists.

“Eaton and Cohoat wanted the ball inside and our guards did a good job finding them,” Ridge said.

The Raiders took a 36-31 lead into the final period. Angola got two free throws from 6-0 junior Anthony Buell, a trey from 5-11 junior Brian Sanborn and a basket from 6-5 sophomore Austin Hefley for a 38-36 lead with 5:14 left to play.

Northridge regained the lead for good (41-39) on a tip in by 6-4 senior Andrew Priem at 4:16.

Eaton gave the Raiders a 49-45 lead with a 3-point play at 1:18. Sanborn made it 49-48 with his fourth ‘3’ of the game at :48 before Troyer clinched the victory with three freebies over the final :25.

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