GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central knew it didn’t have the size to match up with New Palestine’s Connor Roach (6-4), Michael Morris (6-6) and Seth Cox (6-11), so it employed a 2-3 zone to force New Palestine to beat it from the perimeter.
The Dragons happily took the bait, making 10-of-23 3’s and cruising to a 68-40 victory over the host Cougars Friday night.
Though G-C holds the all-time series lead at 26-20, NP has won four in a row against its cross-county rivals and improved to 10-4 with coach Adam Barton at the helm.
Ryan Curry held the hot hand early for the visitors, converting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc to stake his team to a 15-4 advantage after the first quarter.
Greenfield-Central rebounded in the second quarter to keep the game in reach, and trailed 26-14 at half.
Morris, who entered averaging 25 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, registered only five points in the opening two quarters, but announced his arrival on the first play of the third frame.
After an NP in-bounds, Morris sprinted down the right sideline and received a back screen to free a path to the rim. Solomon Haynes lofted a pass just above the basket, and Morris slammed the ball home.