The Fishers TIgers traded shots with the visiting Pendleton Heights Arabians on Thursday night but just fell short 50-48. Photos by Ron Wise.
The Fishers TIgers traded shots with the visiting Pendleton Heights Arabians on Thursday night but just fell short 50-48. Photos by Ron Wise.
FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers refused to go down without a fight on Thursday night.

Falling behind early to Class 4A No. 17 Pendleton Heights, the 4A Tigers chipped away to cut the lead to one point by halftime and made a late push in the fourth quarter, but they didn't quite have enough, narrowly losing 50-48 at home.

The loss halted Fishers' two-game winning streak and extended the visiting Arabians' recent run to four straight, but it didn't come easy.

After building a 14-9 advantage, the Arabians' lead all but vanished as the Tigers rallied back with a 16-point second quarter to trail 26-25 at halftime.

Shooting 40 percent from the field in the first half, Fishers worked the perimeter the entire night, finishing 7 of 19 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers were led by a trio of double-digit scorers with Cameron Wolter recording a team-high 11 points off 5 of 6 shooting from the field and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. Keegan Kollmeyer and Lance Dollison each had 10 points.

Dollison hauled in nine rebounds and the Tigers outworked the Arabians on the glass 21-19.

Pendleton Heights (16-4), however, won the free throw battle, sinking 8 of 11 while the Tigers only went to the line five times.

The Arabians outpaced the Tigers 17-10 in the third quarter with Sean McDermott, a Butler signee, leading the charge. The 6-foot-6 wing posted a game-high 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting and grabbed a 11 rebounds.

Kenton Dunham followed with 11 points, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

The Tigers surged late with a 13-point push in the fourth quarter as the Arabians' offense slowed to only seven points, but Fishers couldn't secure the win.

Fishers nearly matched Pendleton Heights shot for shot, finishing 45 percent from the field compared to 46 percent for the visitors.

The Tigers (11-9, 5-0) are back at home next week Friday where they will host Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Zionsville (17-4, 5-0) to decide the title. The 4A No. 13 Eagles are on a 10-game winning streak and are in search of their first HCC crown since 2009. Fishers has never won the conference.