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Ironton comeback falls short

PORTSMOUTH — The streak is over.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers 15-game winning streak and hopes of an unbeaten Southeastern Ohio Athletic League record ended Saturday as they fell 63-60 to the Portsmouth Trojans.

Ironton — ending the regular season 17-3 and 13-1 in the league — fell behind by 17 points at halftime only to rally and tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

Portsmouth shot 54 percent in the first half while Ironton shot just 23 percent and it was 41-24 at the break.

But Ironton outscored Portsmouth 21-8 in the third quarter to get within 49-45.

A layup by J.P. Taylor go Ironton within 58-57. Forrest Johnson made two fouls to put the Trojans’ lead at three, but Zac Carter hit a 3-pointer with one minute left to tie the game at 60.

Johnson hit two foul shots with 23 seconds to go and Ironton turned the ball over on its next possession.

A free throw by Tre Underwood made it 63-60 with seven seconds left but Ironton could not get off a shot.

Taylor led Ironton with 20 points. Carter had 16 and Timmy Kochendoerfer 15. Ironton was 20-of-65 from the field for only 30 percent and 12-of-19 at the line.

Tory Horne led Portsmouth (12-6, 10-4) with 24 points but only 4 in the second half. Johnson had 16 points and Dion McKinley 14.

For additional detail, see Monday’s Tribune.