NEW PALESTINE — In New Palestine’s season-opening 58-55 win over Jennings County on Nov. 21, Michael Morris showcased his scoring ability with a career-high 37 points.
Saturday night, New Castle decided to make Morris’ teammates beat them.
Morris proved to be a willing passer (career-high six assists) while his comrades were capable scorers (43 points), and the host Dragons dispatched the Trojans 59-50.
NP coach Adam Barton garnered his first career win against New Castle, whose previous defeat to the Dragons came on Nov. 29, 2003.
New Palestine moved to 2-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, in part because it has taken on the Trojans — who have won 15 or more games in all but two of their past 15 campaigns — in either its first or second game in every season since 2000.
“It’s one of those big-name wins, even if it’s early. People are like, ‘Why are you still playing them?’” said Barton of his program continuing to schedule New Castle. “But it’s a different style of basketball and we get to see things that we may see later in the year.”