The New Palestine boys basketball team again used a big mid-game run Friday to take control in a 56-44 victory over Greenfield-Central.
The victory gave the Dragons a 4-0 record for the first time in 22 years. NP is also 1-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play. Maximus Gizzi scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Dragons. NP hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
The Dragons also honored the memory of Brody Stephens, who inspired the entire community. His family was presented the No. 30 NPHS uniform.
NP fell behind 17-12 in the second quarter, but finished on a 13-5 run to take a 25-22 lead at the break. Maximus Gizzi scored nine points in the run and Dylan Romine drained two 3-pointers.
NP started the third quarter hot from 3-point range, outscoring the visiting Cougars 16-5 to take a 41-27 lead. Gavin Hausz hit two 3-pointers, while Gizzi and Romine hit one each in the period. Three-pointers by Matthew True and Romine to start the fourth denied the Cougars a shot at a comeback.
Gizzi scored 21 points to lead the way. He hit two 3-pointers and was 5-of-8 from the line. Hausz hit three 3-pointers and scored a season-high 11 points. Romine scored nine points and Matthew True six, with all coming from behind the arc. Dawson Eastes scored five first-quarter points. Maxen Hook and Jack Walker scored two points each.
Will O’Connor led G-C with 17 points.
The Dragon JV also won 67-62 in a game played Thursday at G-C. The freshmen also beat the Cougars Thursday.
The Dragons are back at home Saturday against Westfield on Future Stars night. JV action begins at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game.