(New Buffalo, MI) - The New Buffalo High School boys’ basketball team overcame significant obstacles to defeat a talented Countryside Academy squad on the road Tuesday night. The Bison won 94 to 77 but had just a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Nate Tripp said the difference in the game was the fast-paced style of play from his team on offense and defense wearing down the opponents.
“Countryside got a little bit fatigued, and we were able to keep the accelerator down and pull away,” Tripp said.
The Bison (13-1), ranked No. 3 this week in Class D, began the first half without two starters and a key member off the bench available.
Anthony Anderson, a transfer student from Michigan City, joining the team last month, played a significant role in keeping the game close with two starters out for disciplinary reasons during the first half.
The quick, sharpshooting Anderson continued to come through after Ryan Vinson and Jeremiah Harrison fouled out late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter.
The 5’11” Anderson finished the game with 19 points.
“The kid is going to be a really nice piece for us,” Tripp said.
Mark Shaw led the Bison with 28 points. Vinson scored 13-points while Zack Forker and Anthony Lijewski contributed 12 points and nine points respectively. Forker also blocked four shots and grabbed 15 rebounds.