New Castle Varsity Boys Basketball Team lost to a very talented Hamilton Heights basketball team 67 to 59. The Trojans got off to a great start on the offensive end of the floor. The Trojans moved the basketball and got wide open looks. We were able to knock shots down in the first quarter. On the defensive end the Trojans were doing what we wanted to do. We made the Huskies best player hit tough contested shots. We did a good job rebounding the ball and limiting the HUskies opportunities to score. The Trojans were led in scoring by Trey Miller with 11 points. William Grieser added 5 points. Cole McDaniel had 3 points. Collin Blessinger added 1 point. The Trojans were leading the Hamilton Heights Huskies 20 to 14 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter the Trojans continued to shoot the ball at a high percentage. The Trojans were playing great team basketball. We were turning down good shots for great shots. We did a really good job taking care of the basketball when Hamilton Heights turned up the pressure, but we did not let it affect us. On defense, the Trojans followed the scout but the Huskies had other players step up and hit big shots throughout the game. The Trojans were led in scoring by Cole McDaniel with 10 points. Caleb Grow added 4 points. Brandon Matney and Collin Blessinger both had 2 points apiece. The Trojans had the lead at the half against the Hamilton Heights Huskies 38 to 29.
At the half, the Trojans made a few adjustments offensively and defensively. Offensively, the Trojans wanted to do a few actions differently since the Huskies switched all screens. On the defensive end, the Trojans made a few adjustments how we were going to guard a few players, but other than that wanted to continue to move the ball and not let the Huskies two best players beat us. Offensively, the Trojans continued to execute and move the basketball, but we struggled to knock down shots consistently in the third quarter. Defensively, the Trojans continued to do a really good job on the Huskies top players, but they had players step up and make big plays. In the third quarter the Trojans were led in scoring by Cole McDaniel with 5 points. William Grieser and Trey Miller both had 3 points. Collin Blessinger added 2 points. After the third quarter the Trojans had the lead over the Hamilton Heights Huskies 51 to 48.
In the fourth quarter, the Trojans could not buy a basket. We were getting good looks, but we were not able to get anything to fall. The Trojans did a good job taking care of the basketball the entire night. On the defensive end, the Trojans followed the game plan and the Huskies had guys step up to make plays. The Trojans goal was to contain the Huskies best two players which we accomplished. The Huskies had players step up and hit big shots. The Trojans in the fourth quarter were led in scoring by Dillon Bergum and William Grieser both had 3 points apiece. Cole McDaniel had 2 points. The Trojans got beat by the Hamilton Heights Huskies 67 to 59.
Offensively, the Trojans did a really good job of sharing the basketball and moving it side to side. That led to wide open looks for the Trojans all night long. The Trojans struggled from the free throw line only shooting 50% on the night. Trey Miller got the Trojans off to a great start on the offensive end. He was knocking down shots. Cole McDaniel did a nice job letting the game come to him and knocked down shots when they gave him the opportunity. Defensively, the Trojans did a good job following the game plan. We had a plan to contain one of the best scorers in the state and we did that for the night. The Huskies had multiple players step up and make big plays in the second half for them. William Grieser and Derek Tabor did a nice job guarding the Huskies best player all night. Dillon Bergum did a great job being the voice on the defensive end telling people where to go and what to do.
The Trojans were led in scoring by Cole McDaniel with 20 points. Trey Miller had 14 points. William Grieser added 11 points. Collin Blessinger had 5 points. Caleb Grow had 4 points. Dillon Bergum contributed 3 points and Brandon Matney had 2 points.
The New Castle Trojans are 1-2 to start the season. The New Castle Trojans will be back in action Saturday, December 7 against the Anderson Indians at the New Castle Fieldhouse. The Varsity game will tip off at 7:30pm. Go Trojans!!!