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.”
All comments are moderated before posting.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.