NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Patriots downed the Arcanum Trojans 75-43 in Friday night conference action played on the Patriots home court.
“Our kids are working hard, they’re playing hard, and continue to get better every night,” said Tri-Village coach, Josh Sagester. “We had some moments where we played pretty well then we had some moments where we didn’t but our energy and our intensity from the beginning was pretty good.”
“When we started this mission we knew there were times when our valleys would be low and our hills would not be so high,” said Arcanum’s first year head coach, Kevin Brackman. “These first eight games to start our season are tougher than any stretch that we will see all year. Coach Sagester has a great team, they execute and they run their stuff so incredibly well.”
The Patriots rolled to a 30-18 lead after one quarter of play led by 11 Tanner Printz points including a trey and 2-2 at the line and seven Trey Sagester points including his first of three 3-pointers and a perfect 4-4 at the charity stripe.
“The way they set ball screens, the way they set off ball screens, the way they can get their scorers and shooters open,” Brackman stated. “It will wear a team down but when you give up 30 points in the first quarter that’s a large hole to dig yourself out of.”
The defense at both ends of the court slowed down the scoring with Tri-Village taking the second quarter 13-9 sending the teams to the break with the Patriots holding a comfortable 43-27 advantage.
“We have some guys we’re asking to do some things a little bit different role for them than they did in the past and they stepped up tonight, especially Tanner Printz,” Sagester noted. “He was really good with the basketball early. They were spreading far on our wings and Braden and Trey did a great job of taking advantage of that and getting to the rim. The senior leadership showed its true colors tonight because of Tanner’s big game experience, he handled it very well.”
Period No. 3 went to the Tri-Village by a 15-12 count giving the home-standing Patriots a 58-39 lead with one quarter to play.
“Some unsung heroes tonight,” Coach Sagester said. “Reed Wehr played hard, he picked up a couple fouls early but he’s just such a glue guy and does so many things for us. Kaysn Hollinger gave us great minutes, Noah Finkbine is the Energizer Bunny, and Dom Black to come in as a freshman in this environment picked up six and kind of controlled the glass during his minutes. I like our guys, Jayden Hollinger is playing hard in the center position for us undersized, he’s competing.”
“I have to applaud my guys because they played a great second quarter and we were able to come out in the third quarter and get two stops,” said Brackman. “Brady (Lock) got a dunk so we were able to keep the game between 10 and 16 points for two quarters.”
Tri-Village used a 17-4 fourth quarter to put the game away and stay undefeated in WOAC play.
“Arcanum is a good basketball team, they’re long, they’re athletic and Coach Brackman is doing a good job with his kids,” Coach Sagester stated. “They’re playing hard for him and I think their best basketball is yet to come.”
“We have to come together,” said Brackman. “You never lose, you either win or you learn and there were some things we know we have to get better at.”
Printz led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game-high 19 points.
With the win, Tri-Village stays perfect in the regular season and conference play with 4-0 and 6-0 records. Arcanum is 1-3 in the league and 3-4 overall.
TRI-VILLAGE – T. Printz 19, T. Sagester 15, B. Keating 10, R. Wehr 10, N. Finkbine 6, J. Hollinger 6, D. Black 6, K. Hollinger 6 – TOTALS 27 9-11 4 75
ARCANUM – L. Flatter 13, R. Christ 10, B. Lock 6, C. Burke 6, B. Etherington 4, L. Henninger 4 – TOTALS 12 13-17 2 43
Tri-Village 4 (T. Sagester 3, T. Printz 1)
Arcanum 2 (R. Christ 2)
SCORE by QUARTERS
30-13-15-17 75 Tri-Village
18-09-12-04 43 Arcanum