New Castle Varsity Boys Basketball Team got there seventeenth win of the season on Tuesday against a very talented Royals team from Hamilton Southeastern. Both teams’ records coming into the game were 16-2. The Trojans are still 5-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) and are the only team that has not lost a game in conference this season.
The Trojans got off to a fast start and never looked back. The Trojans brought it on the defensive end with ball pressure and rebounding. Offensively, the Trojans did a great job at sharing the basketball. The Trojans were balanced in scoring in the first quarter. Niah Williamson, Luke Bumbalough, and Mason Gillis all had 5 points in the quarter. At the end of the first quarter the Trojans led the Royals 15 to 12.
The second quarter the Trojans made the Royals work for every shot opportunity they got. Offensively, the Trojans made the Royals defense work. The Trojans were led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough and Niah Williamson with 5 points apiece. Mason Gillis added 3 points and Bryce Webb had 2 points. The Trojans had the momentum going into the half with a lead over the Royals 30 to 19.
At the half, the Trojans made a few minor defensive and offensive adjustments. The Trojans continued to make the Royals defense work and shared the basketball extremely well. In the third quarter the Trojans were led in scoring by Mason Gillis who had 11 points. Niah Williamson and Luke Bumbalough each had 3 points. Bryce Webb added 2 points. After the third quarter the Trojans led over the Royals 49 to 34.
To start the fourth quarter, the Trojans kept up their defensive pressure and made it extra hard for Hamilton Southeastern’s best players to get going. Every shot the Royals took was contested and they only got one opportunity. The Trojans in the fourth quarter were led in scoring in by Luke Bumbalough with 9 points. Mason Gillis had 8 points. Niah Williamson and Blake Burris both added 1 point apiece. The Trojans beat the Royals of Hamilton Southeastern 68 to 61.
Offensively, the Trojans did a great job at taking care of the basketball and making every possession count. That is something the coaching staff preaches every single day in practice. The Trojans also did a great job at sharing the basketball. The players passed up good shot for great shots and that is what it takes to compete at the highest level. The Trojans as a team were 75% from the free throw line, and to win big games you have to cash in from the charity stripe. Luke Bumbalough, Niah Williamson, and Mason Gillis all had big nights and the Royals had know answer for these three guys. Defensively, the Trojans had great ball pressure and made it hard for Hamilton Southeastern to run their sets. The Trojans were led defensively by Nicolas Grieser and Bryce Huntley who were responsible for defending the Panthers best players the entire game. We knew a key to the game was the glass and the Trojans held Hamilton Southeastern to one and done every possession and out rebounded the bigger Royals team. Mason Gillis was an animal on the boards and pulled down 14 rebounds. The Trojans played great team defense and made Hamilton Southeastern work for everything they got. Bryce Webb worked his tail off on the Royal big 7’1” post player down low.
The Trojans led in scoring by Mason Gillis with 27 points. Next, Luke Bumbalough followed with 22 points and Niah Williamson had 14 points. Bryce Webb had 4 points and Blake Burris added 1 point.
The 17-2 Trojans will be in action again Thursday, February 8 at the New Castle Fieldhouse against the Delta Eagles. The Varsity tip is at approximately 7:30 p.m. Go Trojans!!!