Now, that was interesting. I’m not sure anybody knew what to expect when the North Crawford boys basketball team hosted Seneca last Tuesday, but it’s doubtful anyone thought the Indians would be taken out of the game the way they were. North Crawford won 47-29.
The Trojans used a full-court press for the entire game and it caused turnovers—lots of them. The Trojan starters were credited with 14 steals and players coming off the bench contributed more.
“We didn’t handle it well,” Seneca coach Dave Boland said of Trojans’ press. “They had real good pressure.”
North Crawford coach Gary Hines called it great team defense. Hines felt the Trojans took control of the game early and set the pace throughout. At times especially in the second half with a 20-point lead, North Crawford seemed to slow things down holding the ball outside of the Indians tight zone and allowing the clock to run down.
“It was the first game of the year that I felt we played well all four quarters,” coach Hines said later. “We will continue to work on playing consistently, both on defense as well as offense.”
The Trojan’s Grant Dull, a senior transfer student, led all scorers with 18 points. He also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Dull converted on three three-pointers.
North Crawford junior forward Joe Childs scored 11 points, while getting six rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Zach McCann and sophomore forward Cody Herschberger each scored eight points. McCann had four steals and Herschberger had six rebounds and three steals.
Seneca was led in scoring by senior post player Ethan Grimsled with 16 points. With that, Grimsled moved past 1,000 points for his career.
Derek Wall scored four points, while Devin McCullick scored three points on a three-pointer. Trenton Payne, Tyler Shepard and Jordan Johnson each scored two points.
With the win, North Crawford improved to 2-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall.