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Sub-par second half enables Indians to defeat Trojans

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New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough (3) eyes a free throw attempt as the Trojans’ Brandon Matney (33) and Anderson’s Ontarious Jones (32), James Glazebrooks (4) and another player wait along the foul lane during Saturday night’s boys basketball game in the Teepee. Bumbalough scored a game-high 31 points, including six three-pointers and 7-for-9 from the charity stripe, but New Castle still lost to the host Indians 66-57.
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Anderson’s Tyquez Priester (30) moves toward the basket while defended by New Castle’s Nicholas Grieser (24) as the Trojans’ Blake Burris (5) keeps track of the Indians’ Joey Tilford (2) and Brandon Matney (33) and Mason Hardwick (behind Burris) watch during Saturday night’s boys basketball game in the Teepee. Anderson outrebounded New Castle 42-24 and got to the rim frequently as the host Indians defeated the Trojans 66-57.
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New Castle’s Nicholas Grieser (24) passes the ball to a teammate while defended on the perimeter by Anderson’s Tyquez Priester (30) as the Indians’ Tyrelle Wills (24) watches during Saturday night’s boys basketball game in the Teepee. Grieser scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but the Trojans lost to host Anderson 66-57.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

ANDERSON — The New Castle High School boys basketball team scored almost one-half of its total points during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game against host Anderson in the Teepee to pull to within one point of the Indians at intermission.

Although the visiting Trojans did have the lead by a single digit after three quarters, poor shooting from both the field and the free throw line plagued New Castle throughout the second half, and Anderson gradually pulled away to a 66-57 victory.

The Indians improved to 2-1 for the season while the Trojans dropped their second straight contest and fell to 1-2.

“We just need to hit shots,” New Castle Coach Daniel Cox said after the game. “Another thing was that we allowed them (Indians) to have too many easy shots at the rim. We need to figure out who we are as a basketball team and what we can do to get better.”

It was the first double weekend loss a New Castle boys basketball team has experienced since Jan. 16-17, 2015 when the Trojans lost back-to back Friday-Saturday games in the Fieldhouse to Greenfield-Central (63-54) and Rushville (44-40). New Castle lost this past Friday to Hamilton Heights 76-65 in the Fieldhouse.

Saturday night against Anderson, the Trojans were just 6-of-24 (25 percent) from the field and 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the charity stripe in the final 16 minutes of play. The Indians also dominated on the boards the entire contest 42-24, so in looking at those parameters, it’s not hard to see why Anderson came out with the nine-point victory.

New Castle did take better care of the basketball, committing just eight turnovers to the host’s 14, but the sub-par performance by the Trojans in those other areas kind of made that fact moot.

In addition, New Castle didn’t get a single point from its non-starters and only four Trojans dented the scoring column. Contrast that to the Indians, as 39 of their 66 points came from players who entered the game off the bench. Anderson used 11 players in the contest.

“Based upon where we are right now, we’re a team that takes jump shots,” Cox explained. “We also need to hit free throws when we get the opportunity. Right now, as a team we’re shooting in the high 50s and low 60s percentage-wise, and that’s not going to cut it. We need to hit around 70 percent or above to be successful.”

New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough buried a three-pointer 33 seconds into the game to give the Trojans an early 3-0 advantage, but the Indians scored the next 10 points to take a seven-point lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

A Bumbalough free throw and basket pulled the visitors to within 10-6 at the 1:57 mark, but all New Castle got the rest of the period was a Nicholas Grieser basket, and the Trojans trailed 16-8 after one.

Arriyone Hall tallied six points for Anderson in the opening period and Joey Tilford added five.

New Castle exploded for 28 points in the second quarter, but before that, things got a bit worse for the visitors.

The Indians had closed the first quarter on a 4-0 run and continued it with a 7-2 skein to start the second period, capped by a Joseph Jones trey to give the hosts a 23-10 advantage with 6:50 remaining in the quarter, prompting a Trojan timeout. Nicholas Grieser had the only basket for the visitors in that stretch.

After the brief break, New Castle began hacking away at its deficit and all four players who scored for the Trojans were in on the comeback. Led by Bumbalough’s eight points, five from Nicholas Grieser, a pair of three-pointers from Mason Hardwick, and a trey from Blake Burris the visitors outscored Anderson 22-9 to tie the game 32-32 on a Bumbalough trey with 1:24 left in the first half.

Tyquez Priester hit a bucket to put the Indians back on top, but Bumbalough canned a pair of charity tosses to knot the score again. After Anderson missed a shot, the Trojans held the ball and Bumbalough got a basket four seconds before the halftime horn to give the visitors their first lead at 36-34 since the early going.

But the Indians got the ball to Joseph Jones just past midcourt near the right sideline, and Jones heaved up a prayer of a shot that swished through the net as the buzzer sounded to give Anderson a 37-36 lead at intermission.

In the opening 16 minutes, New Castle was 11-for-24 from the floor (45.8 percent) and 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line. The Indians countered with 15-of27 from the field (55.6 percent) and 4-of-7 from the charity striped (57.1 percent).

The third quarter seemed like a crawl compared to the fast-paced second period. Neither team shot well from the field (both were 3-for-12 in the quarter), and both teams turned the ball over four times. It was close, though.

Hall extended the Anderson lead to 39-36 with a basket at the 7:04 mark, but Bumbalough canned back-to-back three-pointers to give the Trojans a three-point advantage at 42-39 with 6:25 left in the period.

Action slowed considerably after that for a period of time. Brandon Haralson got a basket, Daveyon Turner sank a pair of free throws, and Priester added a bucket for six straight points and a 45-42 Indian lead with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.

But the hosts didn’t score the rest of the period as Bumbalough drained another three-pointer and Nicholas Grieser added a basket with 46 seconds left in the quarter for a 46-45 New Castle lead.

After Anderson missed a shot, Haralson started getting in Bumbalough’s face and following him around the court closely even when he didn’t have the ball as Indian fans shouted for Haralson to “take him out,” whatever that meant. The referee told Haralson to knock it off, no one scored the rest of the period, and the Trojans led after three 46-45.

Haralson scored to open the fourth quarter but Nicholas Grieser hit the second of two charity tosses for a 47-all tie at the 7:16 mark.

Hall scored a basket, Priester did the same, and Hall sank two free throws to give Anderson a 53-47 advantage with 5:01 left to play.

Fourteen seconds later, Hardwick canned a shot from behind the arc to pull New Castle to within 53-50. The Indians missed a shot, but the Trojans failed to convert a pair of free throw opportunities at the other end with 4:23 remaining, making them 1-for-6 from the foul stripe in the period at that point.

Priester hit a bucket but Bumbalough countered that with a trey, pulling New Castle to within 55-53 with 3:44 left in the contest. Haralson added a pair charity tosses and Priester followed with a basket, but Bumbalough hit two freebies with 2:08 left to trim the Anderson advantage to 59-55.

But Hall got a basket, Emmanuel Stokes hit two free throws, and Priester added another to boost the Indian lead to 64-55 with 30.4 seconds remaining in the game.

Nicholas Grieser got the final Trojan points on a basket in the waning seconds and Anderson added two more charity tosses to account for the final score.

“Obviously, we didn’t have a very good weekend,” Cox added. “But this won’t define who we are. We need to go back and improve from top to bottom, not just the players, but the coaching staff, and prepare hard and well to play a couple more good teams this weekend.”

The Indians ended the game 24-of-50 (48 percent) from the field and 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) from the foul line. New Castle finished 17-for-48 from the floor (35.4 percent) and just 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) from the charity stripe.

For Anderson, Hall had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, Priester had 18 points and six boards, Haralson had eight points and eight rebounds, Joseph Jones had eight points and corralled five caroms, and Tiford added seven points.

For the Trojans, Bumbalough scored 31 points, Nicholas Grieser had 14 points and seven rebounds, Hardwick tallied nine points, and Burris had seven boards.

New Castle won the junior varsity game 61-49. Deven Fielden scored 18 points, Trey Miller 17, and Derek Tabor 11 for the Trojans while Marcus Armstrong led the Indians with a game-high 23 points.

New Castle hosts Shelbyville Friday on Silver Anniversary Night.

Anderson 66, New Castle 57

NEW CASTLE (57)

Bumbalough 9-21 7-9 31, Burris 1-7 0-0 3, Hardwick 3-8 0-0 9, W. Grieser 0-2 0-2 0, N. Grieser 4-8 6-10 14, Matney 0-0 0-2 0, McDaniel 0-2 0-0 0, Blessinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 13-23 57.

ANDERSON (66)

Hall 7-8 3-4 17, Sawyer 0-0 0-0 0, Haralson 3-6 2-2 8, Turner 0-4 2-2 2, Stokes 0-2 2-2 2, O. Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Priester 7-10 4-10 18, Tilford 3-5 0-0 7, Glazebrooks 0-0 0-0 0, J. Jones 3-9 0-0 8, Wills 0-1 2-4 2. Totals 24-50 15-24 66.

New Castle`8`28`10`11`-57

Anderson`16`21`8`21`-66

3-point goals – New Castle 10 (Bumbalough 6, Hardwick 3, Burris), Anderson 3 (J. Jones 2, Tilford). Rebounds – New Castle 24 (Burris 7, N. Grieser 7), Anderson 42 (Hall 10, Haralson 8, Priester 6, J. Jones 5). Total fouls – New Castle 17, Anderson 16. Turnovers – New Castle 8, Anderson 14. Technical foul – Turner. JV score – New Castle 61, Anderson 49. Records – New Castle 1-2, Anderson 2-1.