The New Palestine boys basketball team responded to two fourth-quarter Richmond runs Saturday afternoon, leading the Dragons to a 53-48 victory over the Red Devils.
With the Dragons leading 40-29 after three, Richmond opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run in the opening two minutes to cut the lead to 40-38. Matthew True then led an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer and a three-point play sandwiched around a basket by Maximus Gizzi, which gave NP a 48-38 lead with 2:45 left.
Richmond again responded with a quick 8-1 run – two 3-pointers by Jalen Hillard and a basket by Koream Jett were answered by a free throw by Maxen Hook, cutting the edge to 49-46. Richmond had the ball in the final minute in a one-possession game, but NP’s defense forced a miss and Hook grabbed a rebound. Gizzi and Dylan Romine each hit two free throws in the final minute to extend the lead.
Richmond led 6-4 early, but a 10-0 first-quarter run gave NP a 14-6 lead after a quarter. True hit two 3-pointers in the spurt. The Dragons held an eight-point lead on three different occasions in the second quarter and led 25-19 at halftime. True and Gizzi scored five points each in the frame. Kyle King hit three shots and Eric Roudebush two in the third quarter to help stake NP to an 11-point edge going into the final eight minutes.
True led the Dragons with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Gizzi added 14. King eclipsed his career high for the third time in three weeks, scoring 11 points. Dawson Eastes and Roudebush scored four each. Romine tallied two and Hook one.
With 14 points, Gizzi moved past Dick Pruet into ninth place on the NPHS career scoring list. He now has 865 career points, one ahead of Pruet, who scored 864 from 1960-63.
The Dragons are now 11-6 on the season. They head to the road next weekend, playing Friday at Shelbyville and Saturday at Connersville.
The Dragon JV won 45-36. Steele Brasfield led the way with 16 points. Jayden Moore scored 12. The Dragon freshmen beat Scecina 42-40, rallying from a 20-point deficit. Damon Hockett scored 16 points.