NEW MADISON – Tri-Village got off to a fast start in its home opener against visiting Southeastern and the lead the Patriots established early helped them go on to record a 56-39 win.
Christian Ricker scored 5 points, Noah Burns and Derek Eyer each knocked down a try, and Trey Frech and Jared Buckley each had 2 points in the opening frame to go up on Southeastern 15-5.
The second quarter was fast with the Patriots showing an aggressive defense while pushing the tempo. Buckley led the way with 6 points by attacking the basket and the PATS held a 32-21 halftime lead.
“Jared has been working hard on going to the bucket all year, and we are trying to give him touches and let him go to work, but at the same time he is also very unselfish and knows we have guys who can shoot it and he will find them,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Mackenzie Perry said.
Although the pace was still fast in the third quarter, Tri-Village had difficulty putting the ball in the hole, scoring just 7 points … fortunately the Trojans also struggled shooting, and Tri-Village led 39-29 at the end of the third quarter.
Tri-Village’s Derek Eyer was stroking the long ball, and he hit back to back triples to give the Patriots the cushion they needed to start the final stanza.
“Derek has been working hard on his shot, especially the standstill pop three, and we see him do that in practice,” Perry said. “It’s good for every else to see it on game night as well.”
Eyer would hit one more trey and Buckley had another 6 hard-earned points in the paint to give the Patriots and new head coach Mackenzie Perry their first win on the year, 56-39.
Buckley led the way for Tri-Village with 17 points, Eyer had 14, and Frech and Ricker added 9 points. Ricker was also the leading rebounder, pulling down 16 boards on the night.
Tri-Village was 6-for-25 from behind the arch, 15-for-38 from the field and 8-for-12 from the free throw line. The Patriots also out-rebounded Southeastern 36-25.
“It was a tough loss for us last night at Legacy Christian (60-49) and as coaches today in our shoot-around we preached that we have to bring our energy level up, so we came out with a man-to-man press to get us going right away and they responded well,” Perry said.
“It feels really good to get that first win, especially on the home floor here at Tri-Village at 4:30 on a Saturday; it feels great!” Perry concluded.
The Patriots improved to 1-1 on the year and will play Saturday at Northeastern, Indiana.
Score by quarters
SE …. 05 … 16 … 08 … 10 – 39
TV …. 15 … 17 … 07 … 17 – 56
Southeastern – Bertemes 16, Thompson 5, Tincher 1, Grim 2, Snockgrass 1, Flannery 3, Biller 12 Totals – 2-11-14/19 – 39
Tri-Village – Gage Hileman 4, Noah Burns 3, Derek Eyer 14, Trey Frech 9, Jared Buckley 17, Christian Ricker 9 – Totals – 6-15-8/10 – 56
SE – 2(Bertemes 1, Thompson 1)
TV – 6(Eyer 4, Burns 1, Frech 1)