The Bulldogs’ exit from the postseason came on Thursday at the hands of Greenwood, 51-44. Having problems getting in sync on offense, New Albany scored less than 50 points for only the fourth time this season, and were held to 19 pointsat the half.
“We were out of sync, and they had a good game plan against us,” coach Brad Gray said. “They spread us out, tried to get Moses away from the basket and were very patient on offense. When we were on offense, we didn’t attack well enough, were lacked and didn’t execute.”
Greenwood led 9-8 after the opening quarter, led by seven points from Michael Holland. Daniel Drummond gave the Bulldogs a brief lead in the second and the 'Dawgs tied the game twice before Greenwood pulled away for a four-point lead at the half.
After opening the third on a 5-0 run, Greenwood stretched its lead to nine, 28-19, but the Bulldogs worked its way back, and a three-point play by Marcus Reed made it a three-point game, 34-31.
The closest New Albany would get was in the fourth quarter after a steal and layup by Eric Chaney made it 40-39. Greenwood outscored the ‘Dawgs, 11-5 to close out the game.
Greenwood had three players score in double figures, led by Tarrance Garner with 18 points. Drummond led the Bulldogs with 11 points and Moses Kingsley was held to only nine points.
“You’ve got to get the basketball to him [Kingsley]. You have to move the ball around and look to get it inside, but we were just out of sync,” Gray said. “I thought we would be okay because Kosciusko also played us in a 2-3 zone like Greenwood did, and on Tuesday, they came out and attacked that zone. Unfortunately, tonight we didn’t. We were timid, and bottom line, didn’t execute.”
Drummond is the lone senior on the team, and Gray noted how his presence will be missed, as he was the second leading scorer for New Albany this season, behind Kingsley.
“From day one since I’ve started at New Albany, I’ve never had a practice or a game or any basketball activity without Daniel Drummond,” he said. “When we start back practicing and playing again, it will be different without him. You can’t replace a guy like that. He has those intangibles that you cannot replace, and we’re going to miss him.”
New Albany’s season ends with an 18-10 record, 7-0 in region play, along with a third consecutive division championship.
Other Union Co. scores from Thursday, Feb. 16
1A Girls @ Myrtle
Myrtle 87 Falkner 65
1A Boys @ Biggersville
Coffeeville 77 Myrtle 73 (Hawks season ends with 19-15 record)
North Half Semifinals on Friday, Feb. 17
1A Girls @ Myrtle
Myrtle vs. H.W. Byers 7:30 p.m.