For the second time in three games, Gettysburg High's boys' basketball team was held to just 12 first-half points.
But just like against Chambersburg last Thursday, the Warriors rallied to close a big deficit in the second half, only to come up short.
This time, it was a 20-point halftime hole that they whittled to six points before falling 59-46 to Susquehanna Township on Wednesday night in Harrisburg.
Gettysburg (9-2) trailed 18-4 after the first quarter and 32-12 at halftime.
The third quarter was much different, though. The Warriors scored the first 11 points of the half and trailed 38-32 heading for the fourth quarter.
"They were bigger, faster and the better team," Gettysburg head coach Jeff Bair said. "They got going early and put us in a hole. I challenged our effort and our courage at halftime and the kids responded well at times in the second half."
Susquehanna Township (10-0) scored the first two hoops of the fourth quarter and took a 42-32 lead on Jordan Millberry's layup with 7:28 remaining.
Ben Kroll scored four of the next for the Warriors to cut the lead to 44-38 when he scored and was fouled with 5:28 left. He missed the foul shot and Indian senior Jonas Page stopped the bleeding for his squad with a baseline jumper with 4:57 to go.
The Indians led 48-40 when Joe Marshall toed the stripe with 3:16 left, and he missed both charity tosses. However, Page pulled down the offensive board and Susquehanna Township ran time off the clock before Millberry penetrated the defense and dumped to Marshall for a hoop and a foul with 2:52 to play.
The foul was the fifth of the game for Gettysburg's Trey Thomas, who fouled out with 11 points and five rebounds.
Marshall completed the three-point play to up the lead to 51-40, but the visitors had one more run left.
Cody Kiefer sank a pair of free throws with 2:39 left, and Kroll's pair of hoops with 1:58 and 1:35 remaining shaved the deficit to 53-46.
"The kids played with tremendous effort on both ends in the first half. I couldn't ask for more," Susquehanna Township head coach Vince Rogers said. "I told them at halftime not to think that this game is over because I knew Gettysburg was going to make a run and give it their best shot."
Gettysburg trailed 54-46 in the last minute when Kroll drove the lane and was knocked down. He did not receive a foul call and voiced his displeasure. He was hit with consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game. He will not play Friday when the Warriors play at Big Spring, serving the one-game suspension that comes with an ejection.
Gabe Mack put the finishing touches on the game by sinking all four free throws. Mack finished with 13 points, and his brother, Bud, finished with 14 to pace the winners.
Kroll led the Warriors with 15 points, and Kiefer was held to a season-low eight, though he did contribute eight rebounds and six assists.