NEW PARIS — National Trail’s boys’ basketball team lost a pair of games over the past weekend, in two different ways.
The Blazers led throughout most of game against Ansonia before losing the lead in the final quarter. The next night, Trail fell behind early against Muncie Burris, got back in the game in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get the lead.
National Trail lost to Ansonia on Friday, Jan. 19, at home. The Blazers struggled offensively, but led throughout most of the game. Ansonia stayed close and eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter and went on a 52-48 win.
Cameron Harrison led the Blazers with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Dalton Mason 11 points and nine boards.
On Saturday, NT dropped another close game to Muncie Burris 58-52. The Blazers fell behind early and trailed 30-12 late in the second quarter. The Blazers rallied in the second half and got to within two points on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter, but were never able to take the lead.
Zach Woodall had 15 points and seven rebounds in the game. Dalton Mason had 13 points and Cameron Harrison added 10.
On the weekend, according to coach Mike Harrison, NT was was 18-for-47 “on shots within three feet of the rim.” He added, the Blazers also allowed their opponents to shoot 57 free throws.
“Despite having averaged more assists than turnovers on the year, we committed 27 turnovers and had only 11 assists,” Harrison added. “We didn’t shoot well, didn’t move the ball well, didn’t defend well, didn’t coach well. We have to be better going forward.”
National Trail was scheduled to play at Bethel on Tuesday, Jan. 23. They will also be on the road on Friday, Jan. 26, at Tri-Village. NT is now 9-5 on the season and 3-3 in the Cross County Conference.