Harlan started slow Saturday and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up in falling 68-56 at Central (Wise) Va. The Warriors avenged a 48-44 loss earlier this season at Harlan.
Harlan was held to only two baskets in the first quarter, one each by Trent McKenzie and Ethan Morton, as Central built a 13-4 lead.
Four Warriors reached double figures as Dalton Mullins scored 16 points, Ryan Collins tossed in 14 and Daniel England and Matt Kennedy contributed 11 each.
Senior guard Drew Parks had another big game for the Dragons with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Caleb Hogue, a senior guard who was recently cleared to return to the team after missing the first half of the season following knee surgery, added 10 points.
Parks scored seven points in the second quarter as the Dragons cut the halftime deficit to 25-18.
Central outscored Harlan 16-13 in the third period as Kennedy hit two 3-pointers and England added two baskets and two free throws. Kilian Ledford led the Dragons in the quarter with a 3-pointer and a basket.
The offenses took over in the fourth quarter as Central outscored Harlan 27-25. Parks hit four 3-pointers while Hogue added one, along with a basket and four free throws. Mullins had 10 points in the quarter for Central.
Harlan (10-7) plays host to Red Bird on Saturday in the Doc Gray Classic.
Led by 15 points from freshman guard Cade Barnes, Harlan won 55-32 in junior varsity action.
Forward Jarrett McKenzie and Kendall Brock added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tate Bryson scored eight, followed by Logan Taylor with four and Caleb Adkins, Carter Barnes and Andrew Simpson with two each as all eight Dragons reached the scoring column.
McAmitt scored 14 to lead Central.