The race for the Northern Indiana Conference title got a lot tighter Friday night.
League unbeatens St. Joe and Washington both fell as Clay and Riley pulled within a half-game of first place in the NIC.
The Indians entered their matchup against Penn at 11-1 and 4-0 in the NIC. The Kingsmen, just 1-2 in the league and 7-5 overall, were looking to feed off a big crowd at the Penn Palace.
It was a low scoring affair through the first three quarters as St. Joe and Penn entered the 4th tied at 25.
John Green had two key steals in the final quarter to spark a 9-2 run to give Penn the upset win 49-42.
Tommy Kurth led the when for the Kingsmen with 24.
The Kingsmen held area scoring leader Marcus Johnson to nine points.
Penn won despite not having its best player, Ryan Choiniere, for the second night in a row due to an illness.
Meanwhile at Clay high school, George Jones IV scored 25 points as the Colonials took down Washington 73-61.
Clay led at the half by two points and opened up the lead to six entering the 4th.
The Colonials improved to 3-1 in the NIC with the win while Washington drop to 4-1.
Riley defeated Marian 53-50 while Adams knocked off Elkhart Central 64-52.
The NIC standings are as follows:
St. Joseph's 4-1
At Plymouth, the defending state champion Pilgrims returned home for the first time in a month.
Randy Davis led the way with 22 points as Plymouth defeated Wawasee 62-57 to improve to 3-0 in the NLC.
Ross Stichter hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points in the loss for the Warriors.
Plymouth led 16-11 after the 1st quarter but trailed 28-22 at the half.
Northern State Conference leading Triton remained unbeaten with an 81-61 victory over the Northland Conference's top team, Elkhart Christian.
Jake Everett led the way for Triton with 21 points.
In Michigan, Lakeshore improved to 9-0 with a 75-59 win over Coldwater.
Troy Peter was the high scorer with 25.
The St. Joe Bears, meanwhile, suffered just their second loss of the season 66-61 to Battle Creek Lakeview.
The Bears trailed by as many as 11 before trying to make a late comeback.
Brad Guinane pulled St. Joe within 6 but that was the closet they would get.
The Bears are now 8-2.
In girls basketball, Penn completed the sweep over South Bend St. Joe.
Alex Dunfee led the Kingsmen to a huge 77-37 win.
South Bend Washington bounced back from its first loss in 43 games with a huge win Chicago 105-64 over Fenwick.