National Trail boys’ basketball team now 9-12 after winning 1 of 3 last week

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

NEW PARIS — National Trail got a huge lift off the bench from freshman Zach Woodall and sophomore Adam Eyler, to come-from-behind to defeat Mississinawa Valley 56-50 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Woodall scored all 17 of his points in the second half to jump start a stagnant Blazer offense, according to Trail coach Mike Harrison.

The Blazers scored 24 points in the game’s final eight minutes, to earn the win after trailing the entire game up until that point.

Eyler scored eight points and spent most of the night harassing Mississinawa leading scorer Ethan Bowman, who finished with a hard-earned 17 points, according to Harrison.

Trail grabbed its first lead early in the final period after Woodall stole a pass and completed a 3-point play to put them up 37-34. Then he hit another runner a few moments later to put the Blazers up for good at 39-37.

Peyton Harrison, who finished with 16, hit a 3-pointer that put Trail up five and the Blackhawks never got closer.

Trail is now 9-10, 5-5 in league play, and will visit Franklin-Monroe Friday before traveling to Centerville to play a make-up game Saturday night.

On Friday, Trail traveled to Franklin-Monroe and lost a hard-fought game, 45-42.

The Jets outscored the Blazers 14-6 in the final stanza to erase a five-point deficit and earn the win.

The Jets (15-5) were led by Ethan Conley’s 18 points. National Trail (9-11) was paced by Dalton Mason’s 14 and Peyton Harrison’s nine.

The Blazers closed out the week with a trip across the border and lost to Centerville (Ind.) 58-49 on Saturday.

The game was back and forth with multiple lead changes throughout, but back-to-back 3-pointers to end the third quarter and start the fourth turned a 34-33 Trail lead into a 39-34 deficit.

The Blazers were not able to get closer than two the rest of the way.

Centerville put four players in double-digits in a balanced attack and rode a 15-3 second-half free throw discrepancy to seal the win.

Dalton Mason had 17, Peyton Harrison 16, and Travis Hunt 11 for National Trail.

Trail, now 9-12, will host Bradford on Friday, Feb. 17, to close out the regular season.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH