Arcanum closes out regular season with win over Greenon

Seven Arcanum seniors close out regular season play with win over Greenon Knights

Arcanum 6'5" post player, Nick Sharritts scores in final home game for the Trojans while leading the team in scoring for the season with a 15.3 average. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans closed out regular season play with a 52-33 home win over the Greenon Knights.

Arcanum freshman Regan Christ leads Arcanum with 18-points including four 3-pointers in win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Trojans put 10 players in the scoring column while the visitors were scoring more than half the team’s points in the final quarter as 15 Arcanum players would see playing time in the non-conference game.

“We haven’t had a chance to do that too much this year,” Coach McEldowney said of his entire bench logging minutes. “Everything’s been pretty close so it was really nice to get a lead.”

Arcanum took the opening quarter 10-2 with Regan Christ knocking down a 3-pointer and a 2-point basket to lead the Trojans with five first quarter points.

Arcanum senior, Garrett Garno drives to the Trojans basket in final home game of the season in win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Trojans outscored the visitors by a double digit 16-6 second quarter with senior Nick Sharritts hitting for 5-points and Braylen Etherington scoring 5-points including a trey sending the teams to the halftime break with Arcanum leading 26-8.

“Our kids played great defensively in the first half and made some shots,” McEldowney noted.

Arcanum Senior Bryson Shark goes to the basket for the Trojans in win over Greenon Knights. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Period No. 3 went to Arcanum 15-8 with freshman sharpshooting Regan Christ draining three 3-pointers and two 2-pointers to lead the Trojans with 13-points giving the home team owning a 41-16 advantage with one quarter to play.

“We’ve gotten better,” said McEldowney. “I told them in the locker room they’ve come so far from the first game and it’s really fun to watch a team grow and get better and gain some confidence.”

Arcanum senior, Aiden Psczulkoski sets for a rebound in the Trojans Saturday night win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenon got some shots to fall in the fourth taking the final period 17-11 but it was the Trojans earning a 19-point win to close out the 2022-2023 home season. Landon Flatter paced Arcanum with 4-points and Etherington canned his second triple of the night.

“We talked about that – that’s how people remember you, how you play in that last home game,” Coach McEldowney said. “I think it was important for them to come out and play well and they certainly did.”

Seven Arcanum seniors played their final home game for the Trojans: No. 0 Nate Kessler; No. 10 Garrett Garno; No. 11 Aiden Psczulkoski; No. 12 Bryson Sharp; No. 34 Nick Sharritts; No. 40 Caden Thompson; No. 42 Eain Parks.

“They’re great kids – seven of them, that’s a lot,” McEldowney stated. “They’ve worked hard, they’ve played together and they have been the leaders of the team all year.”

Arcanum veteran coach, Roger McEldowney watches his seniors close out regular season play with a win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Coach McEldowney was asked about possible challenges of playing time for seven seniors on a varsity squad.

“We talked about that in the locker room too,” said McEldowney. “That is one of the hardest things for me … I feel for these guys. Some of these guys haven’t gotten to play a whole lot and that bothers me because they work hard. I care about them but none of them complained, they all come and I know they’re frustrated about that but they all worked hard, come to practice and work hard and get better each and every day.”

Christ led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 18-points; five in the first and 13 third quarter points.

The No. 9 seed Arcanum Trojans take on the No. 6 seed Waynesville Spartans in first round DIII tournament action Tuesday, February 14 at Northmont with an 8 p.m. start time.

“Waynesville is a really good team,” said Coach McEldowney. “We tried to put ourselves in a place where we have a good opportunity to win a couple games. Waynesville is good, they have a better seed than us and they are really athletic so we’re going to have to play really well, but we’re playing well now so I think we can compete without a doubt.”



ARCANUM – R. Christ 18, B. Etherington 11, N. Sharritts 7, L. Flatter 4, N. Kessler 2, B. Lock 2, A. Psczulkoski 2, B. Sharp 2, C. Burke 2, M. McCans 2 – TOTALS 14 3-6 7 52

GREENON – D. Pacura 14, G. Bowman 7, G. Turner 7, I. Edwards 3, E. Howard 2 – TOTALS 11 5-7 2 33


Arcanum 7 (R. Christ 4, B. Etherington 3)

Greenon 2 (G. Bowman 1, I. Edwards 1)


10-16-15-11 52 Arcanum

02-06-08-17 33 Greenon

Arcanum senior Caden Thompson puts up a shot for the Trojans in win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum senior, Eain Parks heads to the bench in win over Greenon Knights. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum senior, Nate Kessler drives to the basket in Trojans win over Greenon. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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