New Boston pulled off its first win of the year with a 63-54 victory over the Titans.
Not only were the Tigers able to get the “W,” they were able to do it without the services of point guard Robert Waugh. Waugh injured his ankle in the Tigers’ last game.
“(Michael) Salisbury stepped up as much as you could ever hope a kid to,” New Boston coach Don Stapleton said. “Robert (Waugh) is usually the point guard and Salisbury is the off guard but he played off guard, scoring guard and he guarded their best player for most of the game. Which we usually don’t ask people to do becuase its hard to do both.
“We’ve lost seven out of 10 games in the last 30 seconds,” Stapleton added. “We were down a couple, came back and hopefully we can build on that.”
Notre Dame was also playing short-handed as both Alex Glockner and Justin ammler were at another school function and did not play tonight.
In Waugh’s absence, Salisbury is the player that stepped up for New Boston. Salisbury had 34 points with eight rebounds and six steals.
“It was hard and Waugh was out because he hurt his ankle, but our team had to step up, work together and come up with the win,” Salisbury said.
Josh Tyler yanked down 13 boards for the Tigers to go with seven points.
For Notre Dame, it was Aaron Noel’s time. Noel had 26 points, four rebounds and four steals.
The win takes New Boston to 1-10 on the season and 1-7 in the SOC I. The loss drops Notre Dame to 4-8 on the year and 3-5 in the conference.
The Tigers held the Titans scoreless for the last 3:30 of the contest and ended the game on a 13-3 run to close out Notre Dame and pick up the win.
Niether team scored for the first 1:59 of the game. Noel canned his first of two 3s to break the scoreless tie. New Boston did not connect on a field goal until the 4:14 mark of the first quarter, which gave it a one-point lead.
That modest lead would grow to 12 points with 5:27 left in the opening half before Notre Dame rallied late to cut the lead to six at the break.
The lead would stay with the Tigers until Noel drove the lane, made the shot, drew the foul and knotted the game at 31. The free throw gave Notre Dame its first lead since the 4:15 mark of the first period.
In the final stanza, New Boston opened up a three-point lead before Noel went on a personal 7-0 run to put the Titans up four with 5:42 left.
New Boston fought back and knotted the game at 49.
With 3:41 Salisbury burrried two free throws to put New Boston up 51-49. The Titans quickly knotted game, but New Boston put together its last run of the night to seal the deal and put away Notre Dame.
“(New Boston) did all the things right there in the fourth quarter to win the game,” Notre Dame coach Rick Hopkins said. “They took care of the ball. We had