Arcanum's Nick Sharritts scores for the Trojans in the team's win over Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum Trojans down Greenville

Solid team play leads to an Arcanum season opening win over the Green Wave.

GREENVILLE – The Arcanum Trojans defeated the Green Wave 46-32 in a non-conference season opener for both Darke County teams.

“Great team win,” said Arcanum veteran coach, Roger McEldowney. “Everyone contributed.”

“I thought their kids played really hard and just kept coming and coming and made it really tough on us,” McEldowney continued. “We were able to make enough plays to keep a nice cushion.”

Arcanum took advantage of three first quarter 3-pointers including one each from Garrett Garno, Bryson Sharp and Chad Pitzer and a perfect 5-5 at the free throw line to earn a 16-10 lead after one period of play led by Nick Sharritts’ 5-points.

Jake Goubeaux led Arcanum with seven second quarter points with the Trojans taking the period 12-5 and a 28-15 lead at the break.

Greenville battled back to take period No. 3 by an 11-9 score with DJ Zimmer leading the Wave with 4-points sending the teams to the final period with Arcanum up 37-26.

Arcanum’s sharp-shooting four year starting floor leader and leading scorer, Jake Goubeaux went out midway through the third period with a deep gash on his knee sending the senior to the bench for the remainder of the game.

“We had some kids playing varsity basketball with some serious minutes for the first time,” said McEldowney. “They were a little shaky early but down the stretch and they really made some plays for us especially with Jake being out. He cut his knee and wasn’t able to play the last quarter and a half – and he’s our main ball handler.”

“Chad Pitzer stepped up, Garno played just a phenomenal game and Bryson Sharp came in and handled the ball some for us – Nate Kessler had a great game for us as well,” added McEldowney. “Isaiah Gilmore did a great job off the bench for us as well giving us a lot of energy.”

Arcanum’s 6’5” 310 pound Chase Werling accounted for six fourth quarter points under the bucket to lead the Trojans to a 9-6 advantage giving Arcanum a 46-32 victory.

“He’s hard to get around when he’s posting in there,” McEldowney said of Werling. “We need to keep working at getting him the ball in close because he does a great job of posting.”    

“I was really proud of our guys tonight. We had some guys doing some things late in the game that don’t normally or haven’t had that opportunity. It wasn’t always pretty but they got it done and they did a nice job and stepped up. Isaiah Gilmore did a great job off the bench for us as well – he gave us a lot of energy.”

“Our two big guys did a great job,” added McEldowney added. “We shot 50 percent for the game which is good for us. I thought we had to rebound to win and I thought our guys did a pretty good job at that for the most part.”

Arcanum’s 6’5” junior, Nick Sharritts led the Trojans with 10-points and Greenville’s 6’1” starting guard, Oriol Garcia paced the Green Wave with 10-points.



ARCANUM – N. Sharritts 10, J. Goubeaux 9, G. Garno 7, C. Pitzer 7, C. Werling 6, A. Psczulkoski 4, B. Sharp 3 – TOTALS 9 16-25 4 46

GREENVILLE – O. Garcia 10, N. Curtis 9, DJ Zimmer 6, EB Fall 3,  M. Bryant 2, A. Baumgardner 1, H. Bush 1 – TOTALS 5 13-27 3 32



Greenville 3 (O. Garcia 2, N. Curtis 1)


16-12-09-09 46 Arcanum

10-05-11-06 32 Greenville

Oriol Garcia buries one of his two 3-pointers to lead Greenville in scoring in the team's season opener with Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jake Goubeaux hits an Arcanum free throw in the Trojans Saturday night non-conference win at Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Nolan Curtis drives to the basket in Greenville's season opener with the Arcanum Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Trojans Chase Werling makes a move in the lane in Arcanum's non-conference road win over Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville freshman, EB Fall drives to the basket in the Wave's season opener with the Trojans. (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 or 937-459-9547.

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