Arcanum downs tall Eagles team

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans battled back from an 8 point first quarter deficit to defeat a tall visiting Troy Christian Eagles team 44-28 in non-conference basketball action.

“They had some athletes out there,” said Arcanum coach Roger McEldowney. “They got the first few offensive rebounds and I thought we might be in for a long night but we talked to them about getting a body on somebody and being more aggressive going after it – it seemed like we were after that.”

The visiting Eagles took the opening quarter by a 14-10 score and stepped up defensive pressure in the second quarter to shutout Troy 13-0 and take a 23-14 lead at the break.

“We started in a zone and they got a couple buckets and then we ended up towards the end of the first quarter going to man,” McEldowney stated. “Our kids really played man defense well and gave them some trouble the rest of the way.”

Arcanum junior, Jake Goubeaux paced the Trojans with 15 first half points including three 3-pointers.

“We were struggling to score a little bit like we have most of the year and Jake hit some huge shots in the first half,” McEldowney noted. “That just really kind of gave us a little bit of a cushion.”

The Trojans continued to put distance between the teams in the third outscoring the Eagles 16-6 to lead 39-20 with the teams heading to the final period of play. Ian Baker had the third quarter hot hand dropping in 9 points including a trey.

Fourth quarter play saw Coach McEldowney go to his bench early with the visitors taking the final quarter 8-5 giving the home team an impressive win over the Eagles.

Goubeaux led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 18 points and Baker added 11 points for the Trojans.

“Jake played extremely well tonight, got some steals, played good defense but they all did, they all played well,” Coach McEldowny said. “Baker got some good buckets inside and our seniors led us like they always do so it was a great win.”

BOXSCORE:

ARCANUM 44, TROY CHRISTIAN 28

ARCANUM – J. Goubeaux 18, I. Baker 11, L. Todd 6, N. Sharritts 3, G. Garno 2, C. Burke 2, D. Albright 2 – TOTALS 13 6-10 4 44

TROY CHRISTIAN – B. Major 6, Z. King 5, Z. Nelson 4, C. Dohme 3, L. Day 3, P. Penrod 2, P. Gwynne 2, M. Werkmiter 2, A. Free 1 – TOTALS 8 6-16 2 28

3-POINTERS

Arcanum 4 (J. Goubeaux 3, I. Baker 1)

Troy Christian 2 (C. Dohme 1, L. Day 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS:

10-13-16-05 44 Arcanum

14-00-06-08 28 Troy Christian

Arcanum head varsity boys basketball coach Roger McEldowney and wife, Holly McEldown share a moment following the Trojans win over Troy Christian.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Roger-Holly-McEldowney.jpgArcanum head varsity boys basketball coach Roger McEldowney and wife, Holly McEldown share a moment following the Trojans win over Troy Christian. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Garrett Garno puts up a shot for Arcanum in the team’s non-conference win over Troy Christian.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Garrett-Garno-1-1.jpgGarrett Garno puts up a shot for Arcanum in the team’s non-conference win over Troy Christian. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Arcanum’s Ian Baker hits a jumper for the Trojans in the team’s win over the visiting Troy Christian Eagles.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Ian-Baker-4.jpgArcanum’s Ian Baker hits a jumper for the Trojans in the team’s win over the visiting Troy Christian Eagles. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Jake Goubeaux nails a 3-pointer for Arcanum in the Trojans win over Troy Christian.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Jake-Goubeaux-1-2-1.jpgJake Goubeaux nails a 3-pointer for Arcanum in the Trojans win over Troy Christian. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Arcanum’s Jake goubeaux drills one of three treys to lead all scorers with a game high 18 points in the Trojans win over the Eagles.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Jake-Goubeaux-3-2.jpgArcanum’s Jake goubeaux drills one of three treys to lead all scorers with a game high 18 points in the Trojans win over the Eagles. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Logan Todd drives to the basket for an Arcanum score in the Trojans win over Troy Christian.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Logan-Todd-1-2.jpgLogan Todd drives to the basket for an Arcanum score in the Trojans win over Troy Christian. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

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