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:
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
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.
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.
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.