The New Palestine boys basketball team used a lights-out performance from beyond the 3-point line Saturday to pull away to an 86-40 victory over Rushville.
The Dragons jumped out to a 21-3 lead after a quarter and never looked back as they rolled to a 46-point victory. It was the Dragons’ biggest victory margin since a 70-24 victory over Greenfield-Central Dec. 27, 2011. The 86 points were the most scored by a Dragon team since a 96-81 victory over Shelbyville Feb. 6, 2015.
Maximus Gizzi hit a 3-pointer and scored nine of his game-high 16 points in the opening frame. Matthew True added seven of his 10 points, including a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes. Dylan Romine also hit a triple early. He would hit three 3-pointers in the game en route to an 11-point night. The distance shooting barrage began in the third quarter. NP took a 39-13 lead into halftime, then scored 23 points in the period to extend the edge to 62-27. True, Romine, Eric Roudebush, Luke Ramsey and Eric Roudebush all hit triples in the frame. Austin Howell hit three 3-pointers and scored nine fourth-quarter points.
Twelve different Dragons scored. In addition to the three double-figure scorers , Howell and Dawson Eastes scored nine points each. Ramsey scored eight. Kyle King scored six points. Roudebush tallied five. Maxen Hook scored four. Jack Walker and Jacob Hockett scored three each. Justin Rightley tallied two.
The Dragons hit 35 field goals in the game to score 84 of their 86 points. NP was 2-4 from the line. Rushville was held to 14 field goals and 8-12 from the line.
The Dragons are now 10-5 on the season. They next play Thursday at Perry Meridian, then return home Saturday afternoon to meet Richmond.
The Dragon JV also won 63-32. Steele Brasfield scored 23 points and Matt Brown 15 to lead NP.