New Castle 9-0 run in second half puts G-C away

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GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central’s first boys basketball win over New Castle in 10 years was, as coach Josh Johnson said, “in the tips of our tongues.”

But victory again eluded G-C Friday night.

NC broke open a contest that had been very tight for three quarters and got the better of the Cougars 58-52.

A 9-0 Trojan run at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth would send G-C to its seventh consecutive 0-3 start  and leave the Cougars scratching their heads.

“I’ve said it before, but we’re going to be in a lot of close games,” Johnson said. “We’re five possessions away from being 2-1.  It really comes down to executing better on these possessions, and we’re going to be winning these close games.”

The Cougars had eight turnovers in the second half to three (none in the fourth quarter) for NC, and G-C fouled more than did the Trojans, a few at inopportune times.

With the score tied at 35, at the 10-second mark of the third, Kyle Bumbalough drove for what would be a three-point play for NC, and that turned out to be the game-winner.

The Trojans (2-0) scored the next four points to start the final period, and with 4:17 to go had their biggest lead, 46-36.

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