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Turnovers undue Dragons in overtime defeat


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WESTFIELD — New Palestine was a bit too much into the holiday spirit Friday night, as its giveaways late in the game cost it a win in a tough road environment.

Westfield outlasted NP in overtime, 65-61. It was the Shamrocks fifth straight victory over the Dragons, who have lost both of their games this season in overtime.

NP coach Adam Barton saw his team commit 15 turnovers on the night, five in the last 5:36 of the game and three on consecutive possessions to begin the extra period.

“We got the ball in some tough spots,” said Barton, whose team lost to Center Grove 95-89 in overtime on Nov. 11. “I probably should have used a couple of our timeouts to bail our kids out of those spots, but I didn’t use them and that’s my fault.”

With the score nodded at 55 and 36.4 seconds left in regulation, the Dragons inbounded. They got away with a near-turnover, and eventually committed an over-and-back violation.

Luckily for the visitors, the Shamrocks (3-2) gave the ball right back to them after pass that would’ve given the hosts the lead went out of bounds with 5.8 seconds remaining.

“We gave them an extra opportunity…and they gave us an extra opportunity,” Barton offered. “There was a time when I didn’t think anybody wanted to win that game.”

After a timeout, Solomon Haynes received the ball and raced upcourt. He pulled up at the top of the 3-point line and got a clean look, but the ball went in and out of the bucket.

Down 64-61 with less than 30 seconds in overtime, New Palestine (4-2) put up two 3-point attempts, but they went awry. Westfield’s Matt Kinney sealed the game by making one of two from the foul line, his only point of the game.

Though they finished 21-of-39 (53.8 percent) from the field and 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from beyond the arc, the Dragons missed countless shots around the rim.

“There are no easy summer league layups or AAU layups, you have to go strong every single time and not take anything for granted,” Barton said.

NP led 14-11 after a quarter and was up 21-16 midway through the second frame before Westfield’s Ty Osswald got loose for a trio of triples.

Ajay Lawton, who finished with a game-high 27 points, added a two-pointer during the run. The Shamrocks’ spurt had its impact softened by Haynes’ buzzer-beating triple, and Westfield entered halftime up 27-26.

The Dragons seized the lead after three quarters behind Michael Morris, who scored 11 of his 18 points in the period. Morris added six rebounds and two blocks.

Brandon Jonas recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) after missing game with an arm injury.

Solomon Haynes added 12 points and four assists for the Dragons, who host Franklin Central (2-3) today.

NP went 2-0 versus the Flashes last season. In the first matchup on Dec. 17 of last year, Justin Ikerd’s 3 and former guard Josh Penley’s steal-and-score lifted the Dragons to a 64-63 win.

Barton’s squad clinched the program’s third sectional crown in four seasons on March 3, beating Franklin Central 58-51.

“We had two battles with them last year,” he explained. “They’re a good basketball team, they have a lot of similarities with the team we played tonight.”

Notes: Both teams had 20 rebounds. … The Shamrocks were 22-of-47 from the field (46.8 percent). … Westfield (3-2) is at Tipton (3-0) today. …New Palestine last beat Westfield on Feb. 16, 2008. … The Shamrocks won the JV game 35-19. Ben Farley led New Palestine with five points.

BOYS VARSITY

Westfield 65, New Palestine 61, OT

NP — Morris 7-12 0-2 18, Curry 1-3 0-0 3, Ikerd 2-8 2-2 7, So. Haynes 3-6 3-4 12, Jonas 4-9 4-6 12, Roach 3-4 1-1 7, Cox 0-0 0-0 0, Sa. Haynes 0-0 0-0 0, Larrabee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals — 21-39 10-15 61.

WF — Osswald 6-13 2-2 18, Calhoun 1-5 3-4 5, Reece 0-1 1-2 1, Lawton 10-15 3-3 27, Shaw 3-5 2-2 8, Riemersma 2-5 0-0 5, Ferrer 0-2 0-0 0, Kinney 0-0 1-1 1, Albright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 22-47 12-14 65.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NP (4-2) 14 12 18 11 6  —  61

WF (3-2) 11 16 15 13 10 —  65

Three-pt. field goals: NP 9-19 (Morris 4-6, Curry 1-3, Ikerd 1-6, So. Haynes 3-4), WF 9-21 (Osswald 4-9, Calhoun 0-1, Lawton 4-6, Riemersma 1-3, Ferrer 0-2).

Rebounds: NP 23 (Morris 6, Curry 1, Ikerd 2, So. Haynes 1, Jonas 10, Roach 3), WF 20 (Calhoun 4, Reece 7, Lawton 1, Shaw 4, Riemersma 1, Ferrer 1, Kinney 2). Assists: NP 10 (Morris 2, Curry 1, So. Haynes 4, Roach 2, Sa. Haynes 1), WF 6 (Calhoun 1, Lawton 2, Riemersma 2, Albright 1). Steals: NP 4 (Ikerd 2, So. Haynes 2), WF 7 (Calhoun 1, Reece 1, Lawton 3, Shaw 2). Blocks: NP 2 (Morris 2), WF 1 (Reece 1). Total fouls: NP 15, WF 13. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: NP 15, WF 12.

JV

Westfield 35, New Palestine 19

NP — Lytle 1, Hickman 4, Blackwell 3, Farley 5, Riley 3, Chandler 3.

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