NEW PARIS — National Trail’s boys’ basketball team is off to a great start for 2018, opening the season with four straight wins.
The Blazers followed up a successful weekend at the Twin Valley South Tip-Off Tournament, with a pair of convincing wins last weekend. National Trail outscored its opponents 156-67, in wins over Bradford and Preble Shawnee. In both games, the Blazers opened the game strong and cruised to wins.
“I was really pleased with our effort both nights,” Trail Coach Mike Harrison said.
National Trail dominated Preble Shawnee on Saturday, Dec. 8, 81-49. The Blazers jumped out early, establishing a double-digit lead in the first quarter, 24-12.
“(On Saturday) we shot the ball really well, but I was also extremely pleased with the defensive effort with which we played. Adam Eyler did a sensational job hounding (Samuel) Agee all night, and I thought every guy we put in there really locked in and took pride in the jobs they were doing at that end.”
While the Blazers used a great team defensive effort, they also shot well from the perimeter hitting a school record 13 three-pointers.
Cameron Harrison’s career-high 32 points (all in the first three quarters) included five 3-pointers. Zach Woodall added 20 points including two 3’s and Evynn Short converted three more 3’s for 9 points.
Cameron Harrison also handed out four assists and Woodall pulled down nine rebounds. In all, eight different Blazers scored.
National Trail jumped out to an early 27-3 lead against Bradford on Friday, on their way to a 75-18 win. Ten different Blazers scored in all, led by Woodall with 17 points. Cameron Harrison added 14 points and Hunter Michael chipped in 11.
National Trail (4-0, 1-0) will travel to Arcanum for a key Cross County Conference game on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Blazers will host Greenon on Saturday. Also that night, the National Trail Athletic Hall of Fame will add three new members, Tim Holland, Pam Deaton and Misti Cole.