New Castle Varsity Boys Basketball Team got their third win of the season at home against a very talented Anderson Indians basketball team 72 to 64. The Trojans got out to an early lead and never looked back. In the first quarter, the Trojans made it hard for the Indians to dribble, drive and made them hit contested outside jump shots. The Trojans were led in scoring by the sharp shooting Niah Williamson with 10 points. Mason Gillis added 4 points. Luke Bumbalough and Blake Burris both added 2 points. At the end of the first quarter the Trojans led the Indians 18 to 14.
The second quarter the Trojans settled down and started moving the basketball and making the extra pass. The Trojans could not miss in the second quarter and defensively the Trojans locked down and limited the second chance opportunities. In the second quarter, the Trojans were led by Luke Bumbalough who could not be guarded by one defender, so they started bring two guys at him every time he touched the ball. Luke still did not let that slow him down and added 10 points in the second quarter. Mason Gillis continued to attack the basket and get to the free throw line. Mason had 8 points. Blake Burris added 4 points. Bryce Webb came in off the bench and scored 3 points. Nicolas Grieser added 2 points and Mason Harwich knocked down a free throw for 1 point. At the end of the second quarter the Trojans led the Indians 46 to 30.
At the half, the Trojans made a few minor defensive and offensive adjustments. The Trojans continued to push the basketball in transition, and on defense the Trojans mixed it up a little causing the Indians to make tough shots. The Trojans had trouble putting the ball in the basket in the third quarter. The Indians did cut the lead in the third quarter, but the Trojans stayed strong and continued to compete. In the third quarter the Trojans led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 5 points. Mason Hardwick added a crucial three pointer for 3 points. After the third quarter the Trojans led over the Indians 54 to 50.
To start the fourth quarter the Trojans kept playing hard and never lost their composure. The Trojans in the fourth quarter led in scoring by Niah Williamson with 8 points. Luke Bumbalough had 5 points. Nicolas Grieser had a big time drive to the basket and finished through an Anderson defender and got fouled for a three point play. He hit the free throw for 3 points in the fourth. Mason Hardwick hit two big free throws to add 2 points. The Trojans beat the Indians with a final score of 72 to 64.
Offensively, the Trojans did a really nice job at handling Anderson’s full court pressure man-to-man defense. The Indians tried to double team Bumbalough to get the basketball out of his hands, but we had other guys step up and handle the basketball. The Trojans pushed the basketball and found the open guy for shots. The Trojans had another great night from the free throw line. Defensively, the Trojans played solid pack line defense and contested the shots of shooters from Anderson. Anderson had a few guys get hot and hit shots, so the Trojans adjusted defenses at times to try to get them to think and force them to make tough decisions with the basketball. The Trojans caused closed to 20 turnovers on the Indians. The Trojans did a nice job at bending but not breaking against the Indians. Anderson caused the Trojans to do some different things and our guys adjusted and made plays.
The Trojans led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 22 points. Next, Niah Williamson followed with 18 points. Mason Gillis added 12 points with double digits in rebounds. Mason Hardwick and Blake Burris both added 6 points. Nicolas Grieser contributed 5 points. Bryce Webb added 3 points.
The Trojans will be in action again Friday, December 8 at Shelbyville. The Varsity tip is at approximately 7:30 p.m. Go Trojans!!!