PITSBURG – The Arcanum Trojans defeated The Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks 53-46 in the consolation game of the Jet Holiday Tournament hosted by Franklin Monroe High School.
“They wouldn’t go away,” Arcanum coach Jim Melton said of the Hawks play. “Pressure situations – it’s good to learn from this for the tournament down the road.”
The Trojans used a zone defense and eight Carter Gray first quarter points including a pair of three pointers and a basket to lead 16-11 after one period of play.
“We knew we had to mix it up a little bit,” said Melton. “We just thought we would throw them something they haven’t seen from us in a while.”
Period No. 2 went to Arcanum 12-7 with Zach Smith leading the Trojans with four points to send the teams to the break with Arcanum owning a double digit 28-18 advantage.
The Blackhawks battled back outscoring Arcanum 16-9 in the third quarter led by Blake Scholl’s six points coming from two triples and five Max Dirmeyer points including a three pointer to make it a three point 37-34 game heading to the final period of play.
Arcanum took advantage of the fourth quarter free throw line to take the final period 16-12 including 10-13 at the charity stripe and Gray burring a couple of three pointers, his fourth and fifth of the night in the win.
With 6’3” Grant Delk out with a season ending injury, Coach Melton has looked to Zach Smith and Lane Byrne to carry the load in the paint for the Trojans.
“They are really stepping up nicely for us and filling in for Grant,” Meton stated. “Zach has really come a long ways. I was hired in June and we did some summer camps up at Ohio Northern. He really stepped up big for us and he has worked hard to get where he’s at. I am not only proud of Zach, but Lane – for both their efforts. They’ve been phenomenal.”
Freshman starter, Jake Goubeaux was second in scoring for the Trojans knocking down 8-points including a three pointer.
“We couldn’t leave him out of the lineup,” Coach Melton said of his freshman. “He’s just too good to leave out of the lineup. For a freshman, he’s playing like he’s been playing out there for a couple years. “Last night he didn’t have a turnover, had six assists, just playing very well. He understands the game.”
Carter Gray led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 21-points including five triples. MV knocked down nine three pointers in the game coming from five players.
“Carter is a real nice player,” Melton said. “He got going early on for us and that helps us.”
ARCANUM 53, MISSISSINAWA VALLEY 46
ARCANUM – C. Gray 21, J. Goubeaux 8, Z. Smith 6, W. Meeks 5, E. Atchley 5, L. Byrne 5, C. Ross 3 – TOTALS 11 13-20 6 53
MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – M. Dirmeyer 12, B. Scholl 11, K. Guillozet 6, W. Hall 4, T. Collins 4, A. Scholl 3, J. Fett 3, Howell 3 – TOTALS 9 1-6 9 46
Arcanum 6 (C. Gray 5, J. Goubeaux 1)
Mississinawa Valley 9 (B. Scholl 3, M. Dirmeyer 2, K. Guillozet 2, A. Scholl 1, J. Fett 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
16-12-09-16 53 Arcanum
11-07-16-12 46 Mississinawa Valley
PHOTO CAPTION: Carter Gray drives to the basket for two of his game high 21 points for Arcanum in Jet Holiday Tournament win over the Blackhawks. (Gaylen Blosser photo)