Facing Silex for the second time this season, the New Haven boys basketball Shamrocks made it two wins against the Lincoln County squad Tuesday night.
New Haven (4-2) defeated the Owls, 52-45.
“Silex plays really hard and is hard to play against, so credit to them,” New Haven Head Coach Aaron Peirick said.
New Haven also beat Silex in the Montgomery County Tournament Nov. 30, 47-39.
New Haven outscored Silex in the first quarter, 12-10. It was 24-21 at the half and 36-31 after three quarters.
“In the first half we didn’t guard good enough, especially help-wise on their screens and cutters,” Peirick said. “The second half we did a better job guarding in the half court. Most of our wounds in the second half were self-inflicted. We let them get out in transition after bad shots and turnovers. Offensively we also got a little stagnant in the second half for a bit but eventually we started moving the ball like we are capable and got what we wanted.”
John Fleer was the big scorer for the Shamrocks, netting 20 points for the game. He also had four rebounds and a blocked shot.
“I thought we did a nice job of finishing around the rim most of the night, especially John Fleer,” Peirick said.
Ethan Groner was next with 12 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Martin Lewis ended with 10 points, six assists, three rebounds and a steal. Both Groner and Lewis hit two three-point baskets apiece.
Trent Kormeier recorded six points and seven rebounds.
Aiden Bailey and Abe Madden each scored two points. Bailey also had four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Madden had five rebounds and one assist.
Jay Eichelberger and Joseph Rethemeyer each pulled down a rebound.
New Haven hit five three-point baskets and went 11-13 from the free-throw line.
“Trent, Martin, and Ethan hit three huge threes right in a row to close out the third and open the fourth,” said Peirick. “That was big. I would have liked to see us extend the lead after that, but we pretty much let them right back in it. Trent gave us a huge spark off the bench, especially with his rebounding. All things considered, our guards did a good job handling the ball all game, and then closed it out at the free-throw line. John was a handful in the paint offensively, and we had Ethan and Martin hit a couple jumpers around him. I wish we would have guarded better the first half and closed the game out earlier in the fourth but we did win every quarter, which is the consistency we are looking for. We are definitely happy to get another win.”
The Shamrocks open Four Rivers Conference play Friday, hosting Pacific. Junior varsity action tips off at 6 p.m.