Jake Goubeaux buries a 3-pointer for Arcanum in non-conference game with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum drops tight game to Bulldogs

Arcanum Trojans struggle in fourth quarter with Milton-Union

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans dropped a 2-point game to the Milton-Union Bulldogs in non-conference play.

“Our kids played hard from start to finish,” said Arcanum coach, Roger McEldowney, “Proud of their effort.”  

The Bulldogs grabbed and early 9-8 lead after one quarter of play with Jake Goubeaux, Ian Baker, Nick Sharritts and Chase Werling each accounting for 2 Arcanum points.

Period No. 2 went to Arcanum 13-12 sending the teams to the halftime break tied at 21 each. Werling scored 4-points in the second for the Trojans, Sharritts 3-points and Goubeaux, Aiden Psczulkoski and Isaiah Gilmore each with 2-points.

Goubeaux sparked the Trojans to an 18-16 third quarter over the Bulldogs with 10-points including two 3-pointers while Sharritts was knocking down 6-points and Werling was adding a basket to give Arcanum a slime 39-37 lead with one period to play.

“Jake (Goubeaux) really played well tonight,” McEldowney stated. “He kept us in the game with his offense.”

Arcanum had a rough time finding the scoring column in the fourth with the visitors taking the quarter 12-7 to earn a 3-point non-conference win.

“Our execution down the stretch could have been the difference both on offensive and defensive end,” said McEldowney. “We just have to get better at that.”

Arcanum starter from the 2019-2020 season, Ian Baker was back in uniform for a second time following missing most of the 2020-2021 season with a football injury and is working his way back into shape to close out his senior season on the court.

“Ian has a little ways to go yet,” McEldowney noted. “He’s just not what he was but he’s gutting it out, he’s trying to play which has helped. We lost Bryson (Sharp) who is out for the year now which makes it difficult too. He was our leading 3-point shooter but the guys are just going to have to step up – they’ve done that all year and we’ll wait and see what happens.”

Goubeaux led Arcanum with 14-points, Sharritts added 11-points for the Trojans.

BOXSCORE

ARCANUM – J. Goubeaux 14, N. Sharritts 11, C. Werling 8, I. Gilmore 4, A. Psczulkoski 2, I. Baker 2 – TOTALS 16 5-5 3 46

MILTON-UNION – C. Yates 14, B. Brumbaugh 14, Carson Brown 9, Cooper Brown 5, T. Kress 4, S. Ullery 3 – TOTALS 12 7-12 6 49

3-POINTERS

Arcanum 3 (J. Goubeaux 3)

Milton-Union 6 (B. Brumbaugh 2, Carson Brown 2, T. Kress 1, S. Ullery 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

08-13-18-07 46 Arcanum

09-12-16-12 49 Milton-Union

Arcanum's Nick Sharritts scores for the Trojans in home matchup with the Bulldogs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ian Baker knocks down a free throw to go 2-2 at the charity stripe in game with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Chase Werling scores in the paint for Arcanum in the team's home matchup with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Trojans Isaiah Gilmore scores in the lane for Arcanum in non-conference game with the Bulldogs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Aiden Psczulkoski goes 2-2 at the line for the Arcanum Trojans in home game with the Milton-Union Bulldogs. (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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