FRENCHTOWN – The Drummond Boys Basketball Team opened the 2018-19 season with a win over the Plains Horsemen at the annual Tip-Off Tournament in Frenchtown.
The Trojans opened the game with an 11-5 run in the first quarter, led by seniors Jonah Parke with 7 and Luke Holland with four. Drummond pulled away in the middle two periods and held on for the win despite a 15-point third period by the Horsemen’s Derrick Curry. Curry finished with 25 on the night.
“Considering we have had very few practices as a whole team things went well,” said Trojan Head Coach Levi Parsons. “We pushed the ball pretty good and got some transition baskets. We showed some good signs offensively and defensively but kind of fell apart in the 4th quarter.
“Got the win but conditioning is definitely going to be a focal point for a while.”
Parke led the Trojans with 15 and Holland was close behind with 15.
Drummond opened up Saturday’s play at 9 a.m. against Two River.
DRUMMOND – 11/13/14/14 – 52
PLAINS – 5/10/11/11 – 42
Drummond – Pool 5, Parke 17, Holland 15, Rigby 3, Hauptman 3, Allen 9
Plains – Brouillette 6, Weyers 9, McNulty 2, McCracken 4, Reyes 1, Curry 25
GIRLS – Plains 22, Drummond 18
It was a slow start for both clubs in their first game of the season, with Plains edging Drummond 3-1 after one stanza. Neither team really ever found a solid offensive groove, but the Lady Horsemen held on at the final buzzer.
“Defensively we had a great game and there was very good effort,” said first-year Head Coach Nate Bignell. “Offensively we have some work to do, but that will come.”
DRUMMOND – 1/4/8/5 – 18
PLAINS – 3/6/6/7 – 22
Drummond – Hilmo 3, Phillips 6, Parke 5, Kielley 4
Plains – Kinzie 4, Morgan 2, Josephson 4, DesChamps 4, Altmiller 5, Huenink 3
GIRLS – Granite 61, Two Eagle 7
The Lady Prospectors found the going easy in their season opener, blasting Two Eagle 61-7.
Granite got all the points it would ever need in the first quarter, outscoring the Eagles 26-2. Junior Emma Grange got nine of her game-high 19 points in the period while every one of her teammates found their way into the scorebook.
"Our team played intense from the opining tip to the end," said Brandon Piazzola, new Lady Prospector head coach. "Defensively, we did a good job of creating turnovers and limiting shot attempts. All nine of our players scored and we did a great job of moving the ball and limiting our turnovers."
GRANITE – 26/16/11/8 – 61
TWO EAGLE RIVER – 2/2/1/2 – 7
Granite – Hill 9, Tallon 2, Struna 4, Grange 19, Pitcher 2, Metesh 5, Goff 5, Comings 9, Radtke 6
Two Eagle River – Miller 2, Goodluck 5
BOYS – Darby 53, Granite 37
"We played like we just won a state football title a couple of weeks ago," laughed Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner.
Brian Ward had 14 points to lead the locals with Preston Metesh adding 10.