It was the season opener for both basketball teams. The Pleasantville Trojans proved to have a little too much height, depth and speed on the court for the Melcher-Dallas Saints to handle Tuesday, Nov. 28.
The Trojans playing at home knocked off the Saints 76-45.
Pleasantville held quarter leads of 24-8, 39-20 and 62-34 en route to the big win at home over their Marion County rivals.
Pleasantville was particularly hot shooting the ball from behind the three-point arc. The Trojans were 10-of-19 from long range, led by starting guards Owen Worthingon and Gauge Van Haalen with four three-point goals apiece.
Pleasantville had five players in double digits led by Worthington with 20 and Van Haalen with 14. Next came Kyle Amendt with 12 points and Triston Mount and Devon Dursky each with 10.
The Saints were led offensively by Ryan Krpan with 13 points and Blaise Cooper with 12. Next came Isaac Sage with eight and Ethan Harrington and Emery Sage both with five.
Pleasantville Head Coach Joel Allman commented, “Our focus in on having a balanced scoring attack, it was nice to see. I knew we could shoot well and we did tonight.”
Allman added, “Defensively we still need to be a step quicker. We have to reduce our turnovers.”
Gauge Van Haalen replied, “One of our goals is to spread out our scoring this year. It’s nice to have everyone clicking.”
Odds and Ends
Amendt had nine rebounds and Dursky six for the Trojans.
Worthington was a leader with six assists and five steals in the win. Grant Fouch had seven assists and Jacob Wicks finished with six. Dursky also came up big with three blocked shots.