ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans lost a one point Cross County Conference game 46-45 to the visiting Tri-Village Patriots.
“It show that we are growing as a team and they are growing into their roles,” Tri-Village coach Mackenzie Perry said following the game. “We are slowly getting better – we’re slowly growing.”
“Win or lose, however the outcome of that game ended up, we played extremely poor,” Arcanum coach Marcus Bixler stated. “There were two things we had to do tonight.”
“We had to communicate on the defensive end which we did not do and no matter what we ran defensively we did not communicate,” continued Bixler. “On the offensive end we had to have the ability to be disciplined and neither one of those things were the case tonight.”
The Trojans jumped out to an 8-2 lead with 4:43 showing on the first quarter clock before Tri-Village would battle back to make it a 15-13 Arcanum advantage after one period of play.
Carter Gray’s seven and Grant Delk’s four points pace Arcanum in first quarter scoring while Trey Frech was canning two three-pointers and Jared Buckley was adding five points to lead the Patriots.
Period No. 2 had the Patriots Darrell Lee hitting five field goals good for 10 second quarter points and Derek Eyler added a three with Tri-Village taking the quarter 13-12 sending the teams to the break with Arcanum holding a one point 27-26 lead.
“We have been working on our zone offense all year and they are starting to see if they just stay patient and get the shot that they want everything else is just going to start to flow,” Perry said. “They got it to the middle and Jared Buckley did a fine job of finding him (Lee) on the block and doing what he’s been doing all year in practice – and that is finishing”
“They vary-up their fronts against the zone and when that happens we have to have the ability to vary-up as well with what we want to do,” Bixler said. “That was not the case tonight. We weren’t able to match what they were trying to do and Lee scored 10 points in that second quarter.”
Gray, Evan Atchley and Andrew Baker each had a triple in the period for the Trojans.
Buckley led the Patriots with seven third quarter points to outscore the home team 11-8 with Tri-Village leading 37-35 with three periods in the book.
The fourth was a defensive battle with Arcanum taking the final period 10-9 only to come up one point short in the CCC game.
Tri-Village owned a 46-42 advantage with 0:155 showing when Gray was sent to the line canning three consecutive free throws to make it a 46-45 game that would stand for the final score.
Gray led Arcanum with eight fourth quarter points and Buckley tossed in four T-V points.
“On the offensive end we were not disciplined, we weren’t strong with the ball, we didn’t make the right reads, the right cuts, the right decisions,” Bixler noted, “and it cost us.”
Gray led Arcanum and all scorers in the game with 21 points. Buckley was high scorer for the Patriots with 16 points.
TRI-Village 46, ARCANUM 45
PATRIOTS – J. Buckley 16, D. Eyer 12, D. Lee 10, T. Frech 6, N. Burns 2 – TOTALS 15 7-13 3 46
TROTANS – C. Gray 21, E. Atchley 7, A. Baker 7, G. Delk 6, L. Byrne 4 – TOTALS 11 11-13 4 45
Tri-Village 3 (T. Frech 2, D. Eyer 1)
Arcanum 4 (C. Gray 2, E. Atchley 1, A. Baker 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
13-13-11-09 46 Tri-Village
15-12-08-10 45 Arcanum
PHOTO CAPTION: Patriots’ Jared Buckley battles Arcanum’s Andrew Baker for a rebound in Tuesday night CCC match-up. (Gaylen Blosser photo)