Drayden Thomas gave Husky fans a reason to cheer on Hamilton Heights' homecoming. 

The senior forward finished with 25 points and helped the Huskies stave off a second-half rally by rival Tipton to secure a 51-50 win Friday night. 

The Huskies got out of the gate early in The Hammer Game, outscoring the Blue Devils 15-8 in the first quarter. A 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard in the second extended Hamilton Heights lead to 11 at halftime. 

But the Blue Devils weren’t going to just fold against their Hoosier Conference foes. Tipton shut down Heights in the third, outscoring the Huskies 16-6 to cut the margin to one heading into the game’s final eight minutes. 

Thomas, who scored his 25 on 9-of-15 from the floor, was able to connect on several key 3-pointers that ultimately helped the Huskies hold on for the one-point win. Thomas made all four of his attempts from behind the arc — Heights shot 5-of-11 from deep as a team. 

Max Beale finished second on the Huskies in points with six on 3-of-4 shooting, while Gus Etchison and Tyler Wiltermood both chipped in with five. Caleb Bean and Michael Cross scored four points each. 

As a team, the Huskies shot 18-of-42 (42 percent) from the field and 5-of-11 from downtown. Heights also converted on 10-of-15 foul shots. Thomas also led the team on the glass with six rebounds. Beale finished second with five and Wiltermood and Hudson Hochstedler pulled down three boards each. Etchison had a team-high four assists. 

Heights (8-7, 3-1) has now won four straight games. The Huskies will look to make it five in a row Feb. 3 at home against Twin Lakes.