Basketball (Boys V) New Palestine High School

Gizzi, Haynes set records in boys basketball romp

By Andrew Smith | Feb 10, 2024 11:38 PM

Julius Gizzi and Moses Haynes both set New Palestine school single-season records Friday in an 86-39 rout of visiting Connersville. Gizzi scored 34 points, moving him past his older brother Maximus to set the school single-season scoring record. Julius now has 628 points, breaking Maximus Gizzi's old record of 608, set in 2020. He also pushed his career total to 867 points, moving him past Dawson Eastes and Dick Pruet into 14th place on the school's career scoring list. Moses Haynes added 21 points and also broke the school single-season assists record of 138, which had been held by Jeff Mitchell since 1993. The Dragons jumped out to a big early lead and cruised, setting a season-high with 48 first-half points in the victory. Gizzi came into the game needing 14 points to break the single-season mark, and did so in the first quarter, as he hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, with a triple at the end of the quarter breaking the mark and giving NP a 25-9 lead after one. Haynes added nine points in the frame, including a 3-pointer. The Dragons extended the lead to 48-28 at halftime, with Gizzi and Haynes each scoring six points in the quarter, while Ben Slagley scored seven. In the third, NP pushed the lead to 75-37 to trigger the running clock. Gizzi hit two more triples and scored 11 points in the frame. Haynes hit two 3-pointers and scored eight. Austin McMahan added four points. The Dragons largely played their reserves in the fourth quarter. Keagan Harrison had a three-point play and both Evan Darrah and Landon Seib hit 3-pointers, while NP held Connersville to two points in the frame. The victory marked the second time this season the Dragons have held a team below 40 points. The 47-point victory margin was the largest of the year. It also marked the Dragons' first home victory over Connersville in six tries. In addition to Gizzi's 34 and Haynes' career high-tying 21, Slagley scored nine points. McMahan and Harrison each scored five. Guhl added four points. Darrah and Seib each scored three, while Brady Armstrong tallied two. The Dragons are now 17-4 on the season. They next play Friday at Mt. Vernon.