Last updated: December 23. 2013 3:14PM - 255 Views
Michael Zimmerman mzimmerman@civitasmedia.com



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It was another week gone by, and another week without a win for the National Trail boys basketball team. The Blazers are getting close to that elusive first win, but they weren’t able to get over that hump in three games last week.


Trail began the week with a Tuesday game against Covington. That proved to be the closest to a win the Blazers have seen this year, but the Buccs still came out on top, 43-38.


On Friday, they played the Bees of Bethel in another Cross County Conference matchup. Trail hung in with the Bees for the first half, but in the end, it wasn’t to be for the Blazers, who ended up on the losing side of the 58-43 score.


You wouldn’t have known that at the end of the first quarter. When that first buzzer sounded, the Blazers were ahead, 16-10. And they fought through the second quarter as well, entering halftime with the lead still, 27-25.


The second half was another story. Trail managed just 16 points through the third and fourth quarters, and Bethel’s offense went on a tear, scoring 16 in the third and 17 in the fourth.


Bailey Stewart led the offensive charge for Trail with 15 points. Nicholas Nakis scored 10. Kyle Bachman had nine points.


On Saturday, the Blazers played Centerville High School of Indiana, and this game was the opposite of the Bethel game.


Trail started slow, putting up just 13 points in the first half. Centerville, on the other hand, put up 28 points in that half, which had Trail in an early hole. The Blazer offense got going in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as they couldn’t slow Centerville’s offensive production. Trail won the third quarter, 18-15, and Centerville had the 18-16 advantage in the fourth for the 61-47 win.


The Blazers were led by Stewart again, who had 20 points. Nick Davis scored nine, and Bachman had seven points.


Now at 0-7 on the year, Trail will host Brookville on Saturday, Dec. 28 to try to put one in the win column.

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