Gizzi, Haynes have record-setting games


NEW PALESTINE — Julius Gizzi and Moses Haynes had record-setting nights in New Palestine’s boys’ basketball team’s 86-39 victory over visiting Connersville Saturday.

Gizzi scored 34 points and became the Dragons’ single-season record holder for points in a season with 628 points, surpassing the mark of 608 set by his older brother, Maximus Gizzi, in 2020.

Haynes had nine assists against Connersville and became the Dragons’ single-season record holder with 145 assists. He surpassed a mark that had been held since 1993, of 138, by Jeff Mitchell.

Gizzi had 16 first-quarter points, including four 3-pointers, to help the Dragons jump out to a 25-9 first-quarter lead. They led 48-28 at halftime and 75-37 heading into the final period.

Haynes also had 21 points, tying his career high that he had set in a Jan. 20 contest against Franklin.

Nine different Dragons scored. Ben Slagley had nine points. Keagan Harrison and Austin McMahan each had five points. Alex Guhl had four. Landon Seib and Evan Darrah had three points apiece. Brady Armstrong scored two points.

The 86-point performance was the second highest scoring game of the season. New Palestine had a 91-48 victory over Pike Central on Dec. 30.

The team is ranked No. 16 in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll for all classifications. Saturday’s win was the team’s sixth in a row.

New Palestine (17-4, 5-1) is back in action Friday at Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Mt. Vernon (13-8, 4-1).

Connersville dropped to 5-16 and will host Franklin County (7-13) Friday.