A poor showing in the first half comes back to bite the Cardinals on Friday night.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Corbett's Preston Horvath tries to create space in the paint.

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NORTH MARION — After staging a furious second half rally, Corbett just didn't have enough left in the tank to finish off the job.

The Cardinals outscored Central 21-7 in the third quarter and even held a lead at one point despite trailing by as many as 18 in the first half. But Corbett could not compete the comeback as they would go onto to lose 60-53 in their second game of the Abby's Pizza Holiday Classic at North Marion High School.

"I was excited with what I saw in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, coming back to take the lead after being down by so much at half," Corbett head coach Don Carter said. "We moved the ball well and we played great team defense during that stretch."

Dylan Paintner led the Cardinals with a game-high 26 points.

Paintner was the only real bright spot for Corbett in the 16 minutes, dropping 12 of Corbett's 20 first half points.

Between the end of the first quarter and the start of the second, Corbett endured seven minutes of scoreless basketball. A corner triple from Caden McCowen broke the drought and cut the deficit to 18-13, but Central then proceeded to go on a 17-4 run to take a 35-17 lead. A deep three-pointer from Paintner at the halftime horn finally stopped the bleeding for the Cardinals.

With this being their third game in three days, it appeared that the fatigue factor had set in with this Corbett squad.

"Of course were going to be tired, but I think the main thing was that we didn't come out and play like a team," Paintner said. "We play team basketball with an emphasis on defense and we didn't come out and play like that. We were forcing shots and we were searching for our own looks and that reflected on the defensive end."

Look for extended coverage in the Dec. 19 print edition.

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