Mackus Simpson had 13 points in Tuesday's loss at Highland Tech

Highland Tech ekes out 64-61 win over Polk County

Highland Tech held off Polk County in the waning moments Tuesday to take a 64-61 victory over the Wolverines in boys basketball action in Gastonia.

The Wolverines dropped to 3-3 with the loss. Highland Tech improved to 4-3.

How it happened: Polk County led by seven late in the third quarter at 42-35, but the Rams rallied and grabbed a 46-44 advantage early in the fourth period.

The teams largely stayed tied or within a point or two of each other most of the fourth quarter. Polk held its final edge at 61-60, but the Rams scored to retake the lead.

The Wolverines then had a short jumper in the lane just miss, and Highland Tech’s Elijah Sherrill hit two free throws to push the Rams’ lead to three. Polk only had time for a long 3-point attempt that missed at the buzzer.

Highland Tech completed a series sweep of Polk with the win, having defeated the Wolverines 67-59 on Friday at Polk.

Scoring: Mackus Simpson had 13 points to lead Polk County, with Antonio Simpson adding 12 and Kris Littlejohn scoring 11.

Avery Harden and Wayne Carson each added eight points, with Vincent Twitty scoring six. Gunnar Alm added three points.

Next up: Polk County returns home Thursday to face Landrum.