New Castle Varsity Boys Basketball Team won a crazy basketball game against the Connersville Spartans 70-69. The Trojans got off to a slow start on the offensive end, and could not hit a shot from the perimeter. On the defensive end the Trojans were struggling guarding the basketball which led to Connersville getting great looks at shots. The Trojans were led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 5 points. Cole McDaniel added 2 points. The Trojans were trailing the Connersville Spartans after the first quarter 16-7.
The second quarter the Trojans continued to struggle shooting the ball, but started attacking the basket and got some easy points. The Trojans continued to struggle to stop the Spartans and we gave up way to many second chance opportunities. The Trojans were led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 7 points. Mason Hardwick added 3 points. The Trojans were trailing at half to the Connersville Spartans 28 to 17.
At the half, the Trojans made a few adjustments on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the Trojans wanted to continue to push the basketball in transition and continue to get good looks at the basket but have to convert. Defensively, the Trojans wanted to pick up the pace of the game so we pressed full court and trapped in the half court. We just wanted the speed of the game to get picked up and wanted to get a few turnovers that led to easy baskets for the Trojans. In the third quarter the Trojans were led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 6 points. Blake Burris added 3 points. Mason Hardwick had 2 points. After the third quarter the Trojans trailed the Spartans 41 to 28.
The fourth quarter the Trojans defensive pressure got to the Spartans and caused them to turn the ball over and take bad shots. The Trojans picked up full court and just played crazy and got Connersville flustered and made them do things they do not normally do. On the offensive end the Trojans shots started to fall and got them right back into the basketball game. Cole McDaniel hit the game tying shot to put the game into overtime. The Trojans in the fourth quarter were led in scoring in by Luke Bumbalough with 17 points. Nicolas Grieser added 7 points. Mason Hardwick had 5 points. Blake Burris and Cole McDaniel both added 3 points apiece. The Trojans were tied after the fourth with the Connersville Spartans 63 to 63.
In overtime, the Trojans took the early lead over the Spartans. The Trojans and Spartans kept trading baskets the entire overtime. The Spartans scored with about 20 seconds left to take a 1 point lead over the Trojans. The Trojans came down and missed a 3 pointer but Nicolas Grieser got the offensive rebound and shot a layup that got blocked right to Blake Burris. Blake Burris hit a 12 foot jumper from the corner for the game winner. In overtime Blake Burris led the Trojans in scoring with 5 points and Nicolas Grieser added 2 points. The Trojans beat the Connersville Spartans 70-69 in OT.
Offensively, the Trojans could not get anything going for the first three quarters of the basketball game. In the fourth quarter the Trojans finally started hitting shots and got the momentum on their side. The Trojans defense led to their offense. Luke Bumbalough led the way on the offensive end with hitting big shots and kept making the extra pass to get his teammates involved the entire game. He trusted that his teammates would start hitting shots and they did. Blake Burris, Mason Hardwick, Nickolas Grieser, and Cole McDaniel all hit big shots in the ball game. Defensively, the Trojans could not contain the Spartans of Connersville for the first three quarters. The Trojans finally got the Spartans all sped up in the fourth quarter causing them to take shots they normally would not take and turn the basketball over. Connersville poor shot selection in the fourth led to transition baskets for the Trojans.
The Trojans led in scoring by Luke Bumbalough with 35 points. Blake Burris added 11 points. Mason Hardwick had 10 points. Nicolas Grieser added 9 points. Cole McDaniel had 5 points.
The Trojans are 5-5 on the season. The New Castle Trojans will be back in action Friday, January 11 against the Greenfield Cougars at the New Castle Field House. The Varsity game will tip at approximately 7:30pm. Go Trojans!!!