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900th Trojan basketball game to play Saturday in the Fieldhouse

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Saturday marks another milestone in the history of New Castle Fieldhouse, as it will host the 900th Trojan boys basketball game.

Of course, the total number of basketball games played there is much higher, as girls basketball games, tournament games not involving the Trojan boys. past Henry County Basketball Tournaments, college tournaments, and even an Indiana Pacers ABA regular season game against the Minnesota Muskies back in December 1967 are not included in that 900 total.

Weather permitting, Rushville will be the opponent on the historic night. Here are other games on the docket this weekend in local boys high school hoops.

Friday’s Games

Greenfield-Central (2-10, 0-3 HHC) at New Castle (5-5, 1-2 HHC)

The Cougars lost their first nine games of the season before defeating Indianapolis Herron and Knightstown back-to-back. greenfield lost at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 51-44 last Friday to remain winless in the HHC.

The Trojans got back to .500 last weekend with a pair of road wins and really need a win to have an outside chance to share the HHC title. New Castle has won the last four meetings between the two schools. 

Randolph Southern (4-8, 3-0 MEC) at Blue River Valley (7-4, 2-2 MEC)

The surprising Rebels are undefeated in the conference and fell by one point to Monroe Central in the Randolph County Tournament in their last game.

The Vikings were runners-up in the Henry County Tournament and need to win to have any chance at all in possibly sharing the MEC title. Blue River won the game between the two last year, but Randolph Souther win the year before that.

Winchester (6-4, 1-1 TEC) at Hagerstown (5-6, 1-1 TEC)

The Golden Falcons are Randolph County Tournament champions and have won four straight games overall since a 2-4 start.

The Tigers were runners-up to Northeastern in the Wayne County Tournament and have won five straight games against Winchester, including last season’s double overtime win at Winchester.

Both teams need to win to stay in the hunt for the TEC title, as they both have already lost to frontrunner Union County (3-0).

Knightstown (6-4, 2-1 TEC) at Centerville (2-9, 0-2 TEC)

The Panthers have lost two in a row after beginning the season 6-2 and need a win to stay in the TEC race as they already have lost to Union County.

The Bulldogs are struggling this season with just two wins under their belt. Centerville won 60-55 at Knightstown last year.

Shenandoah (9-1) at Union County (7-5)

Both teams are undefeated in their respective conferences and this might be a good test in Liberty for the Class 2A No. 3 Raiders who won last week’s Henry County Tournament in impressive fashion.

The Patriots have won three of their past four games and were runners-up in a tournament in late December. Shenandoah has won the past three meetings between the two schools.

Tri (2-8, 0-2 TEC) at Cambridge City Lincoln (4-6, 0-1 TEC)

A win by either team could give it a big boost for the rest of the season. The Golden Eagles have won seven games in a row in this series.

Saturday’s Games

Rushviile (3-6) at New Castle (5-5)

The two teams’ records will have changed by the start of this game, as both play tonight.

The Trojans have won three games in a row in this series.

Shenandoah (9-1, 2-0 MEC) at Monroe Central (4-6, 1-2 MEC)

Both teams’ records will be different come game time as both play tonight.

The Golden Bears don’t have Israel Nash this season because he graduated last spring. Shenandoah won last year at home, while Monroe Central won in OT in Parker City in 2017.

Knightstown (6-4, 2-1 TEC) at Northeastern (5-6, 1-0 TEC)

Both teams’ records will be different come game time, as they both play tonight.

The Knights won the Wayne County Tournament last week and are playing well. Northeastern has won the last seven meetings between the two teams.