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).
Stats for game vs HBR: Click here
Conference cumulative stats: Click here
Season cumulative stats: Click here
Special Notes of Interest
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