NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo High School boys basketball team won its home opener while breaking the century mark in scoring to go 3-0 on the young season.
The Bison broke free from a one-point game midway through the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 101-71 triumph.
New Buffalo led 11-3 in the opening stanza after Zack Forker knocked down one of his five first-period field goals.
“I was pumped up and ready to go,” Forker said.
But the Cougars rallied as Tre’Veon Wright, Rylee Carter and Christian Smith accounted for a 6-0 run to close within a single point (11-10).
The Bison responded by hitting the gas the rest of the evening, starting with an 11-2 finish to the opening frame to open up a 10-point lead (22-12). Pouring points were Forker (an offensive rebound and put-back), a three-pointer by Jeremiah Mitchell, and Kaden Parmley’s buzzer-beating “3.”
New Buffalo was just getting warmed up.
The Bison out-scored Countryside 25-12 in the second quarter to take a 47-24 margin into the half.
Mitchell scored 9 second-period points while Pamley tallied 6 and Forker added 4.
New Buffalo’s third-quarter margin over the Cougars was 25-19 as Mitchell tallied 10 points in the period.
The Bison went into the final frame 28 points short of 100 points, but a 29-point showing capped off by Mitchell’s crowd-pleasing bucket that made the score 101-68.
“The whole team was hustling, and that’s what it’s about,” Mitchell said.”Thats what we do as a unit.”
Mitchell (26 points), Parmley (25), Forker (21) and Anthony Lijewski (14) all reached double figures in scoring for New Buffalo while Ryan Vinson added 8 points.
New Buffalo coach Nate Tripp said the Bison need to do a better job of “finding the open guy.”
Parmley later said “Our goal is way higher than what we’re playing.”
Countryside won the JV contest 65-51.