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Kyle Pipenger leaps for the shot during a game against National Trail on Saturday.
NEW MADISON – Following their previous night’s 50-point lead, Tri-Village picked up where they left off on Saturday with a 76-29 win over National Trail.
“A pretty good evening, I thought for Tri-Village basketball,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Josh Sagester.
Tri-Village went on a seven point early and headed into second period ahead by eight thanks to Kyle Pipenger’s seven-point first quarter performance.
The Blazers opened the second quarter scoring on a Montana Peck two-pointer, cutting the Patriots lead to 14-10.
Tri-Village scored 15 unanswered points stretching their lead to 35-13 with under two minutes to play in the half. The rest of the quarter was all Patriots as they outscored their opponent 26-4 on their way to intermission.
Matthew Werner hit two of his five 3-pointers on the night in the period. Kyle Pipenger hit a bucket as the buzzer sounded ending the first quarter with the Patriots holding a commanding 40-14 first half lead.
Sagester commented on his teams lead after the game.
“It’s hard to manage (the perception of running up the score),” he said. “We’ve got guys that put a lot of time in basketball and they deserve to play as well. We were substituting trying to keep some fresh legs in there and when the substitutes come in you have to let them play as well.”
T-V outscored the Blazers 14-11 in the third period as the Patriots cooled down from their second period 26-point shooting outburst. Both Werner and Pipenger hit a trey in the period extending the third quarter score to 54-25.
With 3:07 to play, Werner hit his fifth three-pointer of the night and Tri-Village was up 68-29. The Patriots finished the night holding the Blazers Scoreless over the final five minutes of the game while on a 15-0 run of their own.
“They’re great kids. I have two three-year starters. I’ve got two two-year starters. Kids that kinda been through the wars, understand what the expectation level is,” he said. “They are all in, not necessarily just players. We’ve got parents all in. Everybody’s on the same page and at the end of the day everybody is just concerned about getting a ‘W’.”
Next week Tri-Village travels to Franklin-Monroe for an early season showdown between two projected CCC leaders.
Coach Josh Sagester commented on the upcoming contest. “They are a good basketball team. It’s not going to be easy going over there. It’s never easy over there. We didn’t play real well on their floor last year,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of guys back as well, so we’re going to have to be ready to play and hopefully we can make some plays and get one.”