After getting off to a good start, Neah-Kah-Nie had a 17-16 lead over visiting City Christian Saturday.
But the opportunity for the Pirates to log their first Northwest League victory in front of a home crowd slowly disappeared as the Lions handed their hosts a 61-47 loss.
The Pirates couldn’t find a way to stop Demonte Malloy. He tore through the Pirates’ defense for a total of 32 points – more than half his team’s points. Malloy scored nine of City Christian’s 16 points in the first quarter, then followed that with 12 of the team’s 17 points in the second quarter as the visitors took a 33-30 halftime lead.
After scoring 21 points in the first half, Malloy added just 11 more points in the second half.
By the end of the third quarter, City Christian had built a 47-38 lead, holding the Pirates to just eight points.
In the final quarter, Malloy had seven of his team’s 14 points, while Calvin Arnett scored the other seven. Arnett finished the game with 15 points.
According to Neah-Kah-Nie coach Steve Sherren, it was another game where mistakes proved too costly.
“We had too many turnovers and not finishing when we had the opportunities to finish. We played hard and I think we played well enough to win, but we have got to finish some of those shots around the basket. We just had too many silly turnovers,” the coach said.
The two teams will play again Friday.