The Bulldogs opted for the latter as they outscored Noblesville 16-12 in the third and began to slowly climb back into the game.
“Honestly, we had no choice,” Nored said. “We had played not as good as we had wanted to in the first half. It was important to us to prove to ourselves that we are a hard-nosed, physical and tough team. I think the way we came out in the third we showed that to ourselves.”
Brownsburg more than doubled its point total in the third led by KJ Walton, Kyle Thompson and Trevor Lucas as the trio combined for 16 points.
Trailing 41-28 heading into the fourth, Brownsburg and Noblesville played a game of cat and mouse as the Bulldogs would close the lead to within 10 points and the Millers would then surge ahead again.
Brownsburg pulled within nine at 58-49 with 47.4 left in the game, but time simply ran out on the Bulldogs.
“We’ve competed really well with a lot of teams and haven’t been able to finish and that’s something that as a coaching staff we have to look at and figure out as far as coming out in games and after the half to finish better at the end,” Nored said.
Walton led Brownsburg with 22 points and eight rebounds while Gerald Harney finished with nine.
Brownsburg now travels to Westfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in another HCC matchup.