Polk County's David Duffy scored 17 points in Thursday's loss

A scoreless spell at exactly the wrong time Thursday proved Polk County’s undoing.

Holding a one-point lead with four minutes to go, the Wolverines didn’t score again in their Mountain Foothills 7 Conference junior varsity boys matchup with Brevard. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, added the final five points of the evening to take a 41-37 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Polk County’s defense and rebounding helped preserve that one-point edge for more than three minutes. But Brevard’s Braden Taylor put the Blue Devils (6-13) on top with two free throws with 48 seconds remaining, then hit 3-of-4 foul shots in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

The Wolverines (2-13) trailed by nine at halftime. But Khristian Littlejohn and David Duffy each scored five points in the third period, sparking a Polk rally that closed the gap to two entering the fourth quarter.

Three baskets by Duffy, sandwiched around a Taylor 3-pointer, gave the Wolverines a 37-36 lead with 4:09 remaining. But that would be all the scoring for Polk, and Taylor’s effort at the free-throw line secured the final outcome.

Duffy finished with 17 points to lead Polk County, with Littlejohn adding 11. Jonathan Collier had five points and Chase Stansbury finished with four.

Polk County’s Chase Stansbury works to find an open passing lane during the second half of Thursday’s game