(New Buffalo, MI) - The No. 1 ranked in Class D boys’ basketball team in New Buffalo keeps proving they’re for real by toppling another Goliath.
The Bison (10-0) defeated Class C Berrien Springs on the road 76-56 Tuesday night.
New Buffalo Head Coach Nate Tripp called the Shamrocks the best team his players have faced in a season where they’ve already defeated other quality teams like Class A Sturgis, and No. 2 Class D ranked Eau Claire.
The Bison had a three-point lead at halftime but outscored the Shamrocks 22-9 in the third quarter. Tripp said his players on defense made it difficult for Berrien Springs with some college-level talent to penetrate.
“We kept them on the perimeter, and their shots weren’t falling,” he said.
Tripp said his players running their paced offense were patient when they had to be in moving the ball then capitalized whenever the opportunity presented itself.
“As soon as they gave us a gap, our guys still attacked hard,” he said.
Kaden Parmley led the Bison with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Shaw, Jeremiah Mitchell, Anthony Lijewski, and Zack Forker scored anywhere from 15 to 10 points apiece in what’s been a balanced season-long offensive attack.
Another major test for the Bison is Friday night at Brandywine and Saturday afternoon at Bridgman, teams from larger schools that New Buffalo, historically, has trouble beating. Tripp described Brandywine as dangerous with speed and quickness equal to the lightning-fast players from Eau Claire. New Buffalo, though, also has a lot of speed and quickness on the court.
“We expect to see a press. We expect to get trapped. It’s going to be a really good game,” Tripp said.
Bridgman is always very well-coached by Mike Miller, who Tripp described as a mastermind.
“I’m sure he’s going to throw something at us that we haven’t seen, so we got to be ready, but those are the types of games we want to play,” he said.