The New Palestine boys basketball team used another big run Saturday en route to a 52-42 victory over the Rushville Lions.
After falling behind by six in the second quarter, NP scored 20 consecutive points to seize control of the game. NP scored the final 13 points of the first half and followed with the first seven after the break to go up 32-18.
The Dragons improved to 3-0, their best start since the 1996-97 season.
Matthew True had a strong start, draining three straight 3-pointers to start the game for NP. He and Maximus Gizzi each hit triples in the third quarter as the Dragons put the game away. Gizzi had a big second half, scoring 14 of his team-high 18 points after the break. He helped stave off a fourth-quarter Rushville run, hitting five free throws down the stretch. Gizzi was 9-of-11 from the line.
Dylan Romine scored five points to help ignite the second-quarter run, and followed with four fourth-quarter points to help put the game away. He finished with nine points. Gavin Hausz had a season-high seven. Maxen Hook and Jack Walker each scored two third-quarter points, with Hook’s two free throws at the third-quarter buzzer pushing the lead to 39-23, the biggest of the night.
NP was again strong from distance, hitting seven 3-pointers in the contest.
Austyn Farley led Rushville with 18 points.
The Dragon JV also won 41-19, with Luke Ramsey scoring 11 points and Austin Howell seven.
The Dragons next play Friday in their home opener against Greenfield-Central. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., with the two schools’ girls varsity teams beginning the evening at 6 p.m. The freshman and JV teams will play Thursday at G-C beginning at 6 p.m.