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INDIANAPOLIS — The New Palestine boys basketball program hasn’t won three sectional titles in the last four seasons by overreacting to regular season defeats.
Whether it be contests lost at the last second or defeats of the blowout variety (which have been rare), the Dragons generally stay even keel, mimicking their head coach.
Friday was a clear example of the New Palestine “learn from your mistakes” mantra. Following a 51-42 loss at Roncalli, a game in which the Dragons controlled the first half, coach Adam Barton said his squad was better for having faced the 4A Rebels (7-5).
“I think we got a lot out of tonight, even though we didn’t get a victory,” Barton remarked of the setback, which as a non-conference matchup against a non-sectional foe, served solely as a tourney tune-up. “They’re so strong. If we could get Roncalli to come practice us twice a week, we would be so much better.
“This time last year, and every year for 30 years, we played Triton Central tonight. And I don’t think we got as much out of those games every year as we did this one.”