Thursday's outing turned into an endurance test that North Central passed in a 45-40 victory at Montpelier's expense in Ohio boys basketball action on December 5.

The verdict could've been in doubt thanks to the Locomotives' finishing flurry, but the Eagles swerved out of trouble to earn the win in the final quarter.

The Eagles moved to a 33-26 bulge over the Locomotives as the fourth quarter began.

North Central registered a 25-17 advantage at half over Montpelier.

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