ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans had little trouble defeating Preble Shawnee Arrows 59-39 on Hall of Fame night in Arcanum.
“The beginning of the game the tone we set defensively,” said Arcanum coach Jim Melton. “We mixed some things up and changed our defenses. I thought that really fed into our offense and set the tone.”
Carter Gray and Evan Athchley both drained 3-pointers and a bucket while Jake Goubeaux and Zach Smith were adding a basket each to give Arcanum a double digit 14-4 lead after one period of play.
The Trojans outscored the Arrows 17-13 in Period No. 2 to send the teams to the break with Arcanum holding a 31-17 advantage with Atchley hitting two second period treys good for six points, Smith adding six points on three baskets, a Gray 3-pointer and Goubeaux accounting for a field goal in the quarter.
“That’s a pretty good ball club over,” Melton said of the Arrows. “There coach does a nice job.”
Arcanum opened third quarter play with eight unanswered points to lead 39-17 at 4:12 before the Aarows battled back to close out the period on an 11-6 run with the Trojans taking the period 17-14 sending the teams to the fourth with Arcanum holding a 45-28 advantage.
Atchley paced the Trojans in third quarter scoring knocking down his fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the night to lead the Trojans with six points.
“Evan (Atchley) is progressively gaining confidence and that is a really pleasant surprise,” Melton stated. “Evan is playing with a lot of confidence – really a lot of the guys are. Not to just single Evan out but Evan has picked up his level of play that’s without a doubt.”
Period No. 4 mirrored third scoring with Arcanum taking the period 14-11 with Isaiah Hootman, Gray and Smith each scoring four points giving the Trojans a 20-point non-conference win.
“It’s great it’s going in,” Coach Melton said of the Trojans’ shooting on the night, “but I thought our guys executed our defense to a ‘T.’”
Evan Atchley led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 17-points, including five 3-pointers.
ARCANUM 59, PREBLE SHAWNEE 39
ARCANUM – E. Atchley 17, C. Gray 14, L. Byrne 12, J. Goubeaux 6, I. Hootman 4, W. Meeks 3, Burke 2, Pitzer 1 – TOTALS 15 8-18 7 59
PREBLE SHAWNEE – S. Agee 12, L. Woodard 10, B. Singleton 8, G. Powers 3, JJ Hatmaker 2, J. Geisen 2, B. Morton 2 – TOTALS 12 6-10 3 39
Arcanum 7 (E. Atchley 5, C. Gray2)
Preble Shawnee 3 (L. Woodard 2, G. Powers 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
14-17-14-14 59 Arcanum
04-13-11-11 39 Preble Shawnee
PHOTO CAPTION: Evan Atchley hits one of his five 3-pointers to lead Arcanum in win over Preble Shawnee. (Gaylen Blosser photo)