Blazers drop first game; Harrison surpasses 1,000 point mark

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

VERSAILLES — National Trail’s boys basketball team split a pair of non-league games last week.

The Blazers, who entered the week with a 9-0 record, traveled to Versailles on Monday, Dec. 30, for a battle of unbeaten Division III teams.

The Blazers rallied from a first half double-digit deficit, but fell to the Tigers 63-30 in overtime.

Junior Cameron Harrison led the Blazers with 31 points (26 after the midway points of the third quarter), six rebounds and five assists. He also surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in the game.

The Tigers led 15-8 after one and 31-19 at the half.

Trail cut the led to 42-37 after three, after leading 37-23 with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

Five quick points from two Zach Woodall free throws and a Cameron Harrison three tied the score at 42.

“From there it was back and forth the rest of the quarter,” Trail coach Mike Harrison said. “I was really proud of our guys and the resilience they showed fighting back against a very good team. Versailles is a nice club and they completely outplayed us the first half. Our guys kept fighting, kept scrapping. We started hitting shots and the tide completely turned. Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it out, but it was definitely a game that we can learn and grow from.”

Woodall finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and six assists.

On Saturday, Trail traveled to Dayton Jefferson and came away wit ha 68-47 win.

Trail led 20-11 after one and 37-20 at the half. The Blazers extended the lead to 59-32 after three.

Cameron Harrison finished with game with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists

Woodall added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Ty Weathington contributed 12 point and six rebounds.

Michael Leal shut down Jefferson’s leading scorer defensively and pulled down six rebounds as well.

Trail (9-1, 4-0 CCC) was scheduled to travel to Miami East for a key Cross County Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Blazers will host Brookville on Saturday.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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