The DAR varsity boys clinched home court advantage for the area tournament with a Class 4A Area 14 win over the New Hope Indians last Tuesday in Grant. The Patriots won the game 54-49.
DAR led 15-10 at the end of the opening quarter and extended the lead to 27-18 at the half. New Hope trimmed the deficit to 36-31 at the end of 3.
The lead shrunk to 2 late in the 4th, but the Patriots held on for the win. Major Walker scored 14 points and Nick Hardin followed with 13 to lead DAR. Ryan Buchanan added 11 and Brad Aultman 10.
The Patriots finished area play with a record of 6-0. New Hope fell to 3-2 in area play with a game remaining against North Jackson.