It was a measuring stick game, and the Northern Lebanon boys' basketball team certainly measured up.

In the end, though, the Vikings just didn't stand as tall as unbeaten Donegal.

In one of the biggest games played in its gym in years, Northern Lebanon gave the Section Three-leading Indians all they could handle before falling, 85-75.

Led by a 32-point eruption from junior point guard Sam Light, the Vikings (8-4, 4-3 Section Three) led 38-35 at the half and were locked in a 58-all dead heat by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. But from there Donegal (12-0, 7-0) showed its mettle, racking up 27 final-period points to win going away.

Light's 32 points - 20 of which came in the first half - included stellar 17-for-20 free-throw shooting, while Richard Iwuagwu and Isaac Ray provided able support with 19 and 12 points, respectively.

In what was an extremely physical contest, the teams combined for 46 fouls and a whopping 71 free throw attempts.

Elsewhere Monday night:

Boys'

basketball

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  • Trinity 71, Palmyra 63: In Shiremanstown, the Cougars' six-game win streak was halted by the perennial power Shamrocks.

    Palmyra (9-4, 4-3 Mid-Penn Keystone) was led in defeat by 22 points and six 3-point bombs from Adam Newhard, while also getting 16 points from Trey Baker and 15 more from Logan Stovall.

    Trinity (10-3, 5-2) led what was a close game throughout at the end of each quarter, including 30-25 at the half and 49-43 after three quarters.

  • Elizabethtown 55, Lebanon 50: At Lebanon High, the Cedars squandered a healthy 32-15 halftime lead en route to their third loss in their last four outings.

    Now 5-6 overall and 3-4 in Section Two after the loss to first-place E-town (9-3, 7-0), Lebanon earned the come-from-ahead loss by being outscored 40-18 after intermission.

    Josh Spaulding paced Lebanon with 14 points, and Jorian Ginnetto chipped in with 13.

  • McCaskey 99, Cedar Crest 48: In Lancaster, the Falcons endured an epic pounding from mighty McCaskey on the way to their fourth straight defeat.

    Now 5-7 overall and 2-5 in Section One, Cedar Crest was already headed for trouble down 46-25 at the half, but the contest really got out of hand in the third quarter when the Red Tornado (10-2, 7-0) rolled up a staggering 33 points.

    Killian Klopp fronted Cedar Crest's effort with 13 points.

  • Manheim Central 48, Elco 44: In Manheim, the Raiders' losing skid reached four games in a narrow loss to the Barons.

    Elco (3-9, 1-6 Section Three) recovered from a 19-10 first-quarter deficit to even the contest at 34 after three quarters but couldn't finish the deal in the final period.

    Colton Lawrence (14) and Robert Shultz (11) were double-figure scorers for Elco.