Depending on whose side of the bleachers one was on Friday night, the North Decatur-Batesville game was either a big defensive meltdown or an all-time comeback fueled largely by one individual.
Down 13 with just under four minutes remaining, the host Bulldogs poured in 22 points – they had just 27 total at the 3:54 point – with senior Thomas Raver scoring the final 13 in a matter of 70 seconds for the 49-46 Batesville win.
Lefty Blake Spears had just put ND up 40-27 with his fourth 3-pointer of the game. But members of coach Aaron Garrett's bench started the road back – senior Kasin Hughes hit a jump shot, classmate Eli Pierson put in a reverse layup and sophomore Sam Johnson connected on a three from the corner as BHS huddled with 1:59 on the clock.
A steal of the inbound pass by senior Cole Werner led to freshman Cade Kaiser's basket, making it a 4-point game. Sophomore guard Kaden Muckerheide – who scored all his team-high 13 points in the second half – stretched the lead back to eight on four foul shots.
With 1:14 left, Raver got going with a follow-up bucket. Carson Parmer was fouled but gave way to Conner Linkmeyer due to a drop of blood; the latter sank both as ND still led 46-38.
Ahead of a timeout, Raver went to his left hand to complete a traditional 3-point play. Pressure by BHS forced a Charger turnover, leading to Raver rebounding a miss and scurrying to the corner for a perfect three. Now 46-44, Muckerheide was sent to the line, having made 11 of 12 from the stripe in the fourth quarter alone.
Both the 5'10” Charger's attempts rolled out and Raver fired in a deep 3 at the other end to give the Bulldogs the first lead since early in the fourth. ND turned the ball over and was called for an intentional foul against Raver, who promptly hit two at the line. Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one with 2.3 seconds left, but a desperation shot by Spears ended things.
A lackluster 2-point effort by the hosts in the second quarter placed the Bulldogs in a 22-12 hole at the halftime break. After two BHS turnovers, Spears hit a 3 and Garrett needed time with his team trailing 17-10.
Junior Lance Nobbe scored the next five points for the Chargers, though the last 2:26 of the half was a scoreless tie.
The entertaining second half didn't exactly start that way as Kaiser's bucket was the only score until a spin move by Nobbe with 4:15 to go in the third. Holding the 10-point lead at 24-14, North allowed the Dogs back in the game by surrendering an 8-0 run. Hughes scored four in a row and Johnson's deuce off an inbound steal led to a timeout by coach PJ Metz.
An ND turnover led to Pierson finding Jack Grunkemeyer for a lay-in. After junior Reid Messer's bucket, Johnson tipped in his own miss and added the ensuing FT to make it a one-point game with a quarter to go.
Pierson's putback sent BHS up 27-26 as the fourth got underway. Muckerheide then took charge, penetrating time and again into the middle of the Bulldog zone and helping ND to a 14-0 run.
Raver and Spears traded threes early in the game for a 5-5 deadlock. A basket by Werner had BHS nursing a 10-7 lead before a 13-0 ND surge.
Raver led all scorers with 17 and Spears scored 12 for ND. The Bulldog bench provided a 20-point boost on the evening as the Dogs stopped a 4-game losing streak.
Scoring
ND (6-8) – Muckerheide 13, Spears 12 (4 3s), Parmer 5, Messer 3, Nobbe 9, Linkmeyer 4
B (5-10) – Raver 17 (3 3s), Werner 4, Kaiser 4, Pride 2, Mohr 2, Johnson 8 (3), Grunkemeyer 2, Pierson 4, Hughes 6
At Hauser (Jan. 29)
The Dogs (6-10) had little trouble with the Hauser Jets on the road Saturday, winning 57-37.
BHS had a torrid start to lead 25-8 after one quarter. Nine Bulldogs scored, with Garrett playing many reserves.  
Road trips are scheduled for Thursday at South Dearborn and Saturday afternoon at Madison.