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Boys basketball
New Palestine Dragons (1-0) 
at Shenandoah Raiders (2-0)
JV 6/V 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
Shenandoah High School (directions)

New Palestine Dragons (1-0) at Rushville Lions (0-1)
JV 6/V 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
Memorial Gymnasium, Rushville (directions)
New Pal Radio

The New Palestine basketball team started the 2017-18 season strong with a 49-42 road victory at Richmond – doing so on the same floor where the Dragons will begin the postseason in March.

The Dragons return to the road this weekend, traveling to Shenandoah and Rushville, as NP continues a busy early road schedule. The Dragons will play seven of their first nine games away from home.

The Dragons had a strong start, especially on the defensive end, with a season-opening victory. NP scored the game’s last seven points to seal the win. Sophomore guard Maximus Gizzi scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He was 13-of-14 from the line and added six boards and five assists. Sophomore forward Dawson Eastes had a career-high 11 points and added seven boards. He scored five in the fourth quarter. Junior Dylan Romine got NP started with back-to-back first-quarter 3-pointers and finished with eight points. He also had six rebounds.

Under third-year head coach Trent Whitaker, the Dragons return a roster with much youthful experience, returning 68 percent of its scoring.

Gizzi was the team’s top scorer a year ago. He led the team with 12.3 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per contest while starting all 24 games. He is also the leading returning rebounder at 3.1 boards per contest. True totaled 11.0 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game. Hausz averaged 8.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest, while Romine averaged 6.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

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