In a game decided in the final quarter, Pottsville faced one of its toughest challengers yet in North Schuylkill.

After seeing its lead shrink to two points, the Crimson Tide relied on Jordan Abdo’s seven points in the fourth period to hold off the Spartans 57-47 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest Wednesday at Martz Hall.

Abdo finished with 15 points, while Jordan Melochick led Pottsville with 18. The Tide shot 11-for-18 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to outscore the Spartans 17-9.

Maldeen Thomas added 13 points for Pottsville, which remains undefeated.

Tevin Murray led North Schuylkill with 15 points, including seven in a 20-13 third quarter, and Bobby Grigas netted 11 points.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was bumped up due to the threat of a possible winter storm this weekend.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (47) — Weist 2 0-0 4, Murray 5 5-6 15, Mazur 1 0-0 3, Wood 3 0-0 9, Smith 1 1-2 4, Grigas 4 1-2 11, Jordan 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 8-14 47.

POTTSVILLE (57) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 3, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 7-8 13, Melochick 4 9-11 18, Witman 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 4 6-8 15, Renninger 3 0-1 6, Schenk 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 22-28 57.

NS (8-7, 4-5) 5 13 20 9 — 47 Pott (16-0, 10-0) 11 16 13 17 — 57

3-point FGs: Mazur, Wood 3, Smith, Grigas 2, Ju. Abdo, Melochick, Jo. Abdo

JV score: Pottsville 49-23