ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans boys basketball team was hitting on all cylinders at both ends of the court to defeat the visiting Bradford Railroaders 67-37.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Arcanum varsity basketball coach Brian Gunter said. “A total team effort.”
It took just 16 seconds for Arcanum to set the tone for the night, getting on the board first with a Collin Habel basket.
The only tie of the night followed 24 seconds later at 2-2 with a Hunter Arnett stick back for the Railroaders.
Trojans senior Mason Garber hit a bucket in the paint at 6:59, giving Arcanum a lead it would own the balance of the contest.
“We need our key players to score, and we didn’t have that tonight,” Bradford varsity coach Jeff Case said. “That makes a huge difference in how we position ourselves and the game plan we follow.”
Arcanum held a 12-6 lead with six points each from Garber and Habel heading to second quarter play.
“Our guys came out with a lot of energy,” Gunter said. “We really focused on the defensive end.”
The Trojans used the first 4:32 of the second period to score 14 unanswered points including a trey each from Garber and Kory Baker.
“Good effort by everybody, especially on the offensive end,” Gunter said. “We were distributing the basketball.”
Baker hit his second and third 3-pointers in a span of 1:11, upping the Trojans’ lead to 32-10 with 1:54 on the second quarter clock.
Bradford used the final 1:35 of the half to make a 6-4 run, bringing the first half to a close with a comfortable 34-16 Trojan lead.
Baker opened third quarter play hitting all net on his forth trey of the contest, extending the Trojans’ lead to 37-16 with 7:36 on the game clock.
“They (Arcanum) are very well coached,” Case said. “They are a very fundamental team, and that’s where we need to get better.”
Both teams had trouble finding the basket over the next 4:27 with the score standing at 41-20 at the 2:52 third quarter mark.
Arcanum found its stride with Brandon Fourman hitting two baskets and a free throw, giving the Trojans a 46-20 advantage.
“We have to learn how to take care of the ball better,” Case said. “We are in a turnover battle constantly with ourselves.”
The Railroaders’ 6-foot 4-inch sophomore Drew Patty went 2-for-2 at the line followed with a Colton Troutwine basket for a Trojans 48-22 third quarter-ending lead.
Rayce Grigg opened the final quarter of play knocking down a Railroaders trey.
“They (players) are frustrated. We have got to find a way to make this work,” Case said. “The kids are too good and too talented to be 2-11.”
Bradford would put 15 fourth quarter points on the board for its best scoring output of the night but was not enough to dent the Trojans’ lead as Arcanum was adding 19 fourth quarter points with six players finding the basket for a 67-37 Trojan victory.
“We got everybody in there that got some good playing time,” Gunter said.
Arcanum’s Garber led all scorers with 19 points followed with 15 each from Habel and Baker, hitting five 3-pointers. Patty led the Railroaders in scoring with 10 points on the night.
“We’re getting there. We are 5-6 at the halfway point, and the goal is to get better every time out,” Gunter said. “That’s what we are doing. Really appreciate the effort that everyone did tonight on the floor.”
Scoring by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Arcanum 12 22 14 19 67
Bradford 6 10 6 15 37
Arcanum scoring: M. Garber 19, K. Baker 15, C. Habel 15, B. Fourman 9, C. Troutwine 4, H. Westfall 2, C. Pohl 2, C. Burrell 1
Bradford scoring: D. Patty 10, R. Grigg 7, N. Rank 6, H. Arnett 4, N. Rose 4, C. Robinson 4, T. Atchley 2