As the 2016-17 season concluded and some future hall-of-famers ended their careers, not many people knew what to expect for the 2017-18 season. So, the Norsemen went to work in the off-season, with senior captain, Dylan Patrick, leading the way.
When they took the court in Seneca in their opening game of the year against the Trojans of Mendota, the Norsemen couldn't buy a bucket. In fact, their shooting percentage was barely above 15% after the first quarter. However, they kept shooting and they kept banging the boards on both ends, especially on the offensive end.
The Norsemen, after missing their first 15 three-point attempts, starting coming alive when junior Brett Myre caught on fire and the "BAMs" were being shouted from the rooftop at Seneca High School. After hitting two quick ones from downtown, Patrick saw an opportunity to get the junior open. He drove the ball right into the defense on the right side, turned, and got Myre wide open. Brett, who has grown nine inches during his high school career, caught the ball and fired from about 23' out...nothing but the bottom on the net! "I told him that if he shoots like that all year, we are going to be very tough to beat," Patrick commented. "Teams will need to defend us from beyond the arc, and then we can drive the hole."
Newark only had 8 points in the first quarter, but added 24 points in the second to take a 32-19 lead into the halftime locker room. The Norsemen through up an astounding 47 field goal attempts in the first half.
The second half was all Newark as the Norsemen added to their lead to end up with 72 points in the game vs Mendota's 43.
Dylan Patrick was named the SportsClip Player of the Game as he dropped 30 points in the night, hitting 2 from 3 downtown, grabbing 5 offensive boards, tossing 4 dimes, stripping 3 steals, and jumping over the 600 points in a career mark. Brett Myre and Corey Jacobson (Jr) each added 13 points. Myre had 2 blocks, while Jacobson snagged 7 boards and had 3 assists. Jacob Slivka (Jr) was named the Central Limestone Rock Solid Player of the Game for his tremendous efforts on defense, having 5 rebounds (4 offensive), 5 deflections, and 3 steals.
The Norsemen will take on the Hall Red Devils on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM. You can watch the game live on MySportsWire.
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