Jake Goubeaux drives to the basket for two of his 14 Arcanum points in the Trojans tournament win over Carlisle. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum advances with win over Carlisle

Arcanum Trojans earn double digit win over the Carlisle Indians to advance in tournament play

CLAYTON – The Arcanum Trojans boys basketball team won its first tournament game since 2015 in defeating the Carlisle Indians 58-43.

“People around here have been talking about that for a long time and I always tell them I’m not just into winning one tournament game,” said Arcanum coach, Roger McEldowney. “I’m trying to make a run but you have to win the first one before you can win anymore.”

“Really proud of our guys – it was really important to them to be the group that did it,” continued McEldowney. “We’ve had a rough year with all our injuries and players out. We had Garno out tonight – our best defender. We’ve had kids just step up and that’s helped mold us and bring us together. It is really great to see them rewarded playing well tonight.”

The Trojans jumped out to an early lead to open play with the teams settling on an Arcanum 15-10 advantage after one quarter of action.

Jake Goubeaux led the Trojans with 9-points in the first including a 3-pointer, Nick Sharritts added 4-points and Isaiah Gilmore contributed 2-points.

“Jake kind of just said, ‘jump on boys early on, we’re going to make this happen tonight’ and I though he played the way the whole time,” McEldowney said. “We knew we could hurt them inside and that was kind of our goal to attack them and we got two easy ones early when they were trying to front – we got over the top so we knew we could hurt them in there; that they were going to have a hard time guarding us.”

“We just knew we had to guard 23 (Blake Larson) and 11 (Connor Smith) real well and I thought we did a pretty good job with both of those things,” added McEldowney.

The Carlisle Indians were one better taking the second period 8-7 sending the teams to the halftime break with Arcanum up 22-18.

“I told them at halftime the lead wasn’t near what it should have been,” noted McEldowney. “We missed five layups that were uncontested and then we had three turnovers out front that turned into layups down at the other end.”

“I said that’s 16-points boys, you put that up on the board and we’re in pretty good shape – so I said, you just have to keep doing what you’re doing and concentrate a little bit more on the easy ones that don’t turn the ball over,” he said. “We did a lot better job in the second half and we were fine.”

Gilmore paced the Trojans with five second quarter points and Goubeaux added a 2-point basket.

Arcanum took control of the game in period No. 3 outscoring Carlisle 18-11 to up its lead to a double digit 40-29 advantage with one quarter to play.

Ian Baker had the hot Trojans’ hand in the third scoring 7-points including a trey and 2-2 at the line, Chase Werling tossed in two baskets for 4-points, Bryson Sharp nailed a 3-pointer and Goubeaux and Sharritts each went 2-2 at the charity stripe.

“Ian Baker, he’s one that snapping this steak, this victory was very important to and he really hasn’t had a chance,” said McEldowney. “He hasn’t been healthy enough to step up and do some things and that third quarter he kind of willed us. Ian and Jake both played well in our tournament game last year and I am proud of those seniors stepping up – proud of all those seniors stepping up.”

Arcanum extended its lead to 16-points, 47-31 and 49-33 in fourth quarter action before settling on a 15-point first round tournament victory by outscoring Carlisle 18-14 in the final period.

Arcanum was 8-11 from the fourth quarter free throw line and 15-20 for the game.

Werling led Arcanum with 6-points in the fourth, Baker added 5-points, Sharp and Sharritts each with 3 and Goubeaux a free throw.

“The fourth quarter we were trying to keep our better free throw shooters in there when they were fouling us,” McEldowney stated. “Proud of all of them – it was a team effort.”



ARCANUM – J. Goubeaux 14, I. Baker 12, C. Werling 10, N. Sharritts 9, I. Gilmore 7, B. Sharp 6 – TOTALS 17 15-20 3 58

CARLISLE – C. Smith 16, B. Lawson 15, C. Barney 10, B. Rowe 2 – TOTALS 11 6-9 5 43


Arcanum 3 (J. Goubeaux 1, B. Sharp 1, I. Baker 1)

Carlisle 5 (B. Lawson 3, C. Smith 2)


15-07-18-18 58 Arcanum

10-08-11-14 43 Carlisle

Ian Baker goes strong to the basket for Arcanum in the Trojans OHSAA DIII tournament win over the Carlisle Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum's Isaiah Gilmore scores in the Trojans first round tournament victory over Carlisle. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Nick Sharritts scores for the Trojans in double digit tournament win over the Carlisle Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Chase Werling scores two of his six fourth quarter Arcanum points in Tuesday night tournament win over Carlisle. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bryson Sharp sinks one of his three fourth quarter free throws in Arcanum's tournament win over the Carlisle Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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