With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, the Newark Norsemen had a nine point lead on the Royals of Hinckley Big-Rock. It did not get any closer than that as senior captain Dylan Patrick and returning varsity junior Corey Jacobson took over the contest. Jacobson scored a team-high 10 points in the fourth quarter off a handful of assists by Patrick. In the end, the Norsemen defeated the Royals by 22 points in their second conference match of the season (79-57).
In a game that had over 40 fouls combined, the pace never got going for the Runnin' Norsemen, as they should once again be called. Foul trouble for both teams saw two Newark players (Patrick and Beau Brown (Jr)) foul out. In all, there were 37 free throws shot (21 by HBR).
Patrick was named SportClips Player of the Game once again, getting a double-double. Even though he fouled out, he ended the game with 22 points (47%, 1-1 from downtown and 5-5 from the charity stripe), 10 assists, 4 rebounds (3 offensive), and 3 steals. The Central Limestone Rock Solid Player of the Game went to Jacobson who ended up with 20 points on 58% shooting while grabbing 8 boards throughout the contest. He also had 5 steals, 3 assists, and a block shot for good measure! Jacob Slivka (Jr) was the only other player in double digits this night, scoring 10 points. Slivka also had 4 steals and 2 dimes.
As a team, the boys shot 48.4% from the field (30-62) while connecting on only 6 of their shots from beyond the arc (3-20). Another game of nearly 20 steals (18 tonight) was the difference in helping the Norsemen stay undefeated for the conference in 2017-18.
The Newark Norsemen will take a break until next Friday night against LaMoille/Ohio at Newark. The boys' varsity team will play following the girls' varsity team at 6:00 PM. If you are a follower of the boys' and girls' junior-varsity teams, they will play in LaMoille for a doubleheader on Thursday night (girls will play first).
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Special Notes of Interest
There is no place like home...there is no place like home. I didn't see red, shiny shoes on any of the players, but the Newark Norsemen found their way back to the friendly confines of Newark Community High School. In front of the classic overcrowded gymnasium, the fast-paced ballers put up another 70+ game (4th time this year). The 5-1 Norsemen are averaging 73.8 points in each contest, and were able to win tonight against a strong and fast Plano Reaper team, 74-58.
As a team, the Norsemen continued their hot shooting from their Leland/Earlville game last Friday, and shot 29 of 54 (54%). Also, the Newark squad once again kept up their forced turnovers on their opponents, by forcing them with 30+ throughout the season.
Newark was leading at halftime 40-24 after a stifling second quarter by the Newark defense, holding the Reapers to only six points. Coming out of the locker room, the team wearing white outpaced the the purple 16-12. When the buzzer sounded, the Norsemen fans went to their feet as their team grabbed their fifth victory for the year out of six attempts.
Newark had outstanding performances by several ballplayers, including the SportClips Player of the Game, Corey Jacobson. The junior ended with 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting (4/8 from downtown), while grabbing 9 rebounds, snagging 3 steals, and swatting away 2 shots on the defensive side. Senior Dylan Patrick, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, scored 22 points on 50% shooting. Patrick tossed 9 assists and had 3 boards and 3 steals. The senior also named the Little 10 Boys Basketball Player of the Month for November by MySportsWire.com. Jacob Slivka (Jr) also had double-digits, scoring 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and run-down block. Connor Swanson (Jr) was named Central Limestone Player of the Game for his tremendous efforts. Swanson had 9 points on 4 of 5 shooting, ripped down 7 rebounds with 5 of them coming on the offensive end of the court, had 4 deflections, 2 steals, and a block of his own.
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As the game got under way at Leland High School Friday night, the rain immediately started to fall, as Brett Myre (Jr) drained two long range threes and Corey Jacobson (Jr) dropped one of his own from downtown. From that point on, the Norsemen dominated the entire evening, winning all four quarters by large margins.
Newark went 38 for 68 (56%) in the game, draining 11 shots from beyond the arc. The Norsemen were two points shy of reaching the century mark, scoring 25 in the first quarter, 20 in the second, 31 huge markers in the third, and added 22 points from the bench in the fourth (98 total points). Meanwhile, the Panthers of Leland/Earlville were only able to muster 44 total points for their first conference loss of the season.
Dylan Patrick (Sr) led the way again in scoring by putting in 19 points (14 in the 3rd quarter), while tossing 7 assists, and grabbing 4 boards. Myre added 15 points, added a third three to his stat, plus snagged a couple of steals in the conference matchup. Jacobson added 14 of his own, hitting 4 of 5 from deep. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Beau Brown (Central Limestone Rock Solid Player of the Game) came up big by scoring 13 points, pulling down 8 rebounds (4 offensive), 6 deflections, 5 steals, and 2 assists. Jacob Slivka (Jr) rounded out the double-digit scorers on the night, putting in 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting. Slivka had 5 boards, 3 dimes, and 2 steals in the evening. Rhys Pepino (Sr) had a very nice night as he skyed for 6 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, stole the ball 3 times, and even deflected the rock 3 other times.
Newark will play Plano High School at home on Tuesday night.
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Phil Chapman is an avid basketball fan that has served as the voice of the Newark Norsemen over the last three seasons. Phil will be broadcasting the games at the Plano Christmas Classic