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Northumberland Indians bounce back big at home

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

After the previous week’s loss on the road, the guy’s basketball team returned to their home court on Wednesday with a visit from Middlesex. The Indians won that one 73-37. The next evening they traveled across the river to knock off Mathews 73-46. The Indians coaching staff used the two games to juggle their starting line-ups and it showed the depth of this year’s team.

A change in starting line-ups seemed to recharge the Indians as they burned the nets for a first period season high of 33 points against a young Charger team. The sizzling first period settled down to a run and gun second quarter; but, a slower scoring pace. Still, the Indians held a 47-18 lead by half-time. “We wanted to get ahead early and were able to do that in the first quarter,” explained Coach Michael Stevenson, adding, “we did press anymore.

Looking for an early going home time, the referees reminded the time-keeper of the 30 point slaughter rule that allowed the clock to run continuously. By third period close, the Indians were up 61-30 but that didn’t hold up when the Northumberland coaching staff emptied the bench for reserves playing time. “We had the opportunity to get everybody in the game,” said Stevenson. Eleven of the 13 players scored.

Nick Basye led the Indian attack with 19 points, including three treys. Delvin Palmer scored 13, Kendrick Dobyns and Dionta Kelly both had eight points. Dobyns had nine rebounds, Keon Redmond eight and Market Ball added six. Kobe Wiggins had 10 assists with Basye and Palmer each having three. Palmer had five steals and Basye four.

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Nick Basye hitting a 3-pointer.