Winchester’s boys opened up their 2021-22 basketball campaign at New Castle Tuesday night and unfortunately for the Falcons the end result wasn’t in their favor as the Trojans came away with a 64-44 victory.
Early turnovers by Winchester helped the quick and talented New Castle team to sprint away to a double-digit lead before the Falcons settled in.
A pair of buckets by Brooks Burelison, along with a bucket by Gage Patterson and a pair of free throws from Adam Moore, narrowed the gap to eight, trailing 16-8 but a late trey by the Trojans’ Ethan Hinton secured the momentum for the home team as the Trojans took a 19-8 edge into the second stanza.
That momentum stayed with New Castle at the start of the second period as the Trojans used an 8-1 run to put the Falcons into a hole, trailing 27-9 with six minutes left in the first half.
Winchester continued to struggle with offensive execution the rest of the half as New Castle pulled away to own a 41-18 advantage after two quarters of play.
Ten first half turnovers by Winchester, along with cold shooting, hitting just six of 21 for 29 percent, prevented the Falcons from staying close.
On the flip side, the Trojans’ transition game added with deadly shooting from outside the arc, had resulted in New Castle shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in the opening half, canning 17 of 29 attempts.
“I think it all started defensively,” answered Winchester head coach Dustin Baldwin. “We just didn’t do a very good job of being fundamental. We didn’t prevent the back door. We were turning our back to our man, not seeing those and I thought rebounding really killed us tonight.”
For the game, the Falcons would win the rebounding battle 36-28 but on many occasions the Trojans would get offensive putbacks that kept Winchester in the hole that had been dug.
To the Falcons’ credit, Winchester out-scored New Castle in the second half, but 15 additional turnovers allowed the deficit to continue as the Falcons got no closer than within 17, trailing 48-31 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We weren’t being strong with the ball,” added Coach Baldwin. “But I thought we played better in the second half. We’ve just got to learn from it and get better for Friday.”
For the game Winchester shot 40 percent from the field, sinking 16 of 40 attempts while canning 10 of 14 from the line for 71 percent.
Burelison was the only Falcon to reach double figures, scoring 10 with Patterson following with eight points. Jamison Beshears was the leading rebounder for WC pulling down nine caroms.
New Castle finished the contest hitting 26 of 59 from the field, 44 percent, while making four of 10 at the line for 40 percent. Caleb Grow led the Trojans’ scoring with 14 points. Dawson Scott followed with 12 points, 11 rebounds while Trey Miller chipped in with 11.
Winchester returns to action this Friday when the Falcons host Randolph Southern.
Trojans claim JV decision
New Castle also won the junior varsity contest by a final score of 66-31. Gradyn Moyer led the young Falcons with 14 points. Carter Fraze followed with nine while Ethan McHolland and Austin Price chipped in with three points each. Justin Cox rounded out the scoring for the WC JV with two points.
Winchester 8 10 11 15 44
New Castle 19 22 7 16 64
FALCONS – McCoy 2-2/2-3-6, Burelison 1-3-1/1-0-10, Loyd 0-0/0-2-0, Preston 0-2/2-2-2, Beshears 1-1-1/2-1-6, Miller 0-0/0-4-0, Moore 2-3/3-0-7, Patterson 4-0/2-2-8, Barkers 2-1/2-0-5 Totals: 2-14-10/14-14-44
TROJANS Maddy 1-2-0/2-1-7, Butler 0-0/0-0-0, Hinton 1-2-0/0-2-7, Taylor 2-0/0-3-4, Boatright 0-0/0-2-0, Grow 4-1-0/0-0-14, Miller 2-2-1/3-0-11, Welch 4-1/2-4-9, Scott 5-2/3-3-12 Totals: 8-18-4/10-15-64
JV Game summary
WC: 9-5-7-10 (31)
NC: 8-23-22-13 (66)
Falcons: McHolland 3, Price 3, Briere 0, Fraze 9, Cox 2, Moyer 14, Smith 0