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Thirteen boys teams showcase talent on Green and White Night

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A Culligan Soft Water player (green shirt) drives into the heart of the Sadler Orthodontics defense (gray shirts) for an attempted lay-up during Wednesday evening’s green and White Night in the Fieldhouse. Sadler roared out to a 12-2 lead and eventually won the 15-minute scrimmage 22-8.
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Smooth-shooting freshman Trey Miller (right, with ball) attempts to get around a couple of defenders as teammate Cooper Rusch (far left) watches during Wednesday night’s New Castle JV team scrimmge in the Fieldhouse. No score was kept.
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A Macer-Hall player (15-red) tries to get off a shot against the defense of a Lions Club player (blue jersey) as the other players watch during Wednesday evening’s scrimmage at New Castle’s Green & White Night in the Fieldhouse. Macer-Hall zoomed out to a 15-0 lead and won 17-8.
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A Smith’s Jeweler’s player (yellow shirt) goes in for a lay-up as players from PCE Insurance (white shirts) and other Smith’s players get into position for a possible rebound during Wednesday evening’s Green & White Night in the Fieldhouse. Smith’s went on runs of 17-0 and and 15-2 and won the scrimmage 32-7.
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A Citizen’s State Bank player (14) controls the ball as Neal’s Scrap Metal players (orange shirts) move in to attempt to steal it during Wednesday evening’s 15-minute scrimmage during Green & White Night. Citizens held on for a 12-7 win.
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Brenden Cridge (1) of the NCMS 7th-grade boys basketball team moves the ball up the floor against a teammate during Wednesday evening’s intra-squad scrimmage in the Fieldhouse. No score was kept in the 15-minute scrimmage.
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Tall Gavin Welch (10) of the NCMS boys 8th-grade basketball team dribbles the ball up the floor during Wednesday evening’s Green and White Night in the Fieldhouse. No score was kept in the 15-minute scrimmage.
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NCHS freshman team player Dawson Scott (second from left) goes out to guard Sam Maddy (second from right) as others players watch during the Trojan freshman team’s scrimmage Wednesday night in the Fieldhouse. No score was kept.
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Senior Luke Bumbalough (with ball) is guarded by sophomore Cole McDaniel as junior Collin Blessinger (40) moves in to assist and senior Blake Burris (far left) watches during Wednesday night’s Green & White Night in the Fieldhouse. Bumbalough’s Green team won the scrimmage over the White team 22-21on his driving lay-up in the final 30 seconds.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

The future of New Castle High School boys basketball appears to be a good one based upon the talent displayed at Wednesday night’s annual Green and White Night held in the Fieldhouse.

Thirteen teams, from the eight squads in the New Castle Evening Optimist/Henry County YMCA Youth Basketball League all the way up to the Trojan varsity, showed some of what they had in front of fans in attendance.

Of course, the format was a little different than a regular game. Each team took the floor for 15 minutes with a running clock, there were no officials, and no foul shots were taken. Play was a little ragged at times, but the talent showed through.

The Youth Basketball League teams took the floor first for four scrimmages. Macer-Hall faced Lions Club in the first scrimmage. Macer-Hall raced out to a 15-0 advantage before Lions Club scored eight points in a row to pull to within 15-8. Macer-Hall added a final basket for a 17-8 victory in the scrimmage.

Up next was Neal’s Scrap Metal vs. Citizens State Bank. Citizens zipped out to a lead of 8-0 with 5:50 left before Neal’s scored its first basket at the 4:02 mark to pull to within 8-2. The scoring picked up a bit after that and Neal’s actually pulled to within a point at 8-7 before Citizens scored the final two buckets to post a 12-7 win.

The third YBL game of the evening pitted Culligan Soft Water against Sadler Orthodontics. Sadler got off to an 8-0 advantage and stretched it to 12-2 before Culligan got its second bucket. Sadler outscored Culligan 10-4 down the stretch to record a 22-8 victory. Among the players who stood out was Sadler’s Bryant Cornelius, who tallied several buckets.

The fourth and final YBL game featured Smith’s Jewelers against PCE Insurance. Noah Gross led off the game for PCE with a three-pointer at the top of the key for a 3-0 lead for his team, but thereafter it was all Smith’s Jewelers. Smith’s went on a 17-0 run for a 17-3 advantage before Gross hit another bucket to pull PCE to within 17-5. From there, Smith’s outscored PCE 15-2 the rest of the way to record the 32-7 victory.

The Youth Basketball League teams, both boys and girls, will be playing regular season games in the Fieldhouse Saturday, Dec. 22 before the two-week break in the league schedule. After that, the teams will resume play at the YMCA Jan. 12, 2019.

After that, the New Castle Middle School teams took the Fieldhouse floor for intra-squad scrimmages. The seventh-graders were first followed by the eight-graders. Eighth-grader Gavin Welch has really shot up in height the past two years since he played Little League Baseball, and should be a force on the boards. No score was kept in the two middle school scrimmages.

New Castle High School has three boys basketball teams and a very talented freshman class which lost only two games in its middle school years. Some of those 9th-graders are on the Trojan junior varsity team and the rest compose the freshman squad.

The New Castle freshman had an intra-squad scrimmage and among the players who hit several baskets were Sam Maddy and Dawson Scott. No score was kept.

The Trojan JV team was up next for 15 minutes and scrimmaged among itself. Freshman Trey Miller impressed with buckets from both outside and drives to the basket, 9th-grader Derek Tabor, Cameron Tabor’s younger brother, hit some nice outside shots, and Caleb Grow did the same. New Castle’s JV is composed of players in grades 9, 10 and 11.

The evening was capped with the Trojan varsity team taking the floor. Seniors Mason Gillis and Mason Hardwick did not play because they are recuperating from injuries. New Castle Coach Daniel Cox was experimenting with several combinations of line-ups in this intra-squad scrimmage to see how they mesh together.

Players were rotated in-and-out and several players from the junior varsity team, including the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, got some playing time with the varsity. The score was kept in this scrimmage, and the Green team edged past the White team 22-21 on a driving lay-up by Luke Bumbalough in the last 30 seconds.

The New Castle varsity and junior varsity teams entertain Fishers for a scrimmage Thursday, Nov. 15 and travel to Greenwood to open the regular season Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.