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Charlie Tritch pulls up for two of his game high 18 points against Pacific after he put up 20 points against St. James Tuesday night.

Teams are defined too many times by the number of wins and losses.  Yes, many times a team’s record is an accurate reflection on their season. This week New Haven will play their final two games of the regular season before they begin post season play on Wed., Feb. 29.

There is no doubt New Haven has been up and down throughout the year, but in the last three games they have consistently displayed improvement over the previous game. Tuesday night New Haven traveled to St. James, who had easily beaten them in the Hermann tournament just a few weeks earlier.

The Shamrocks led by five, 26-21, at halftime. Charlie Tritch had exploded, scoring 16 points in the first half. New Haven as a team came out looking to score and attack the basket. In the second quarter the rocks racked up 17 points by taking it to the hole and getting to the line.

Michael Leath drives towards the lane on Tues. against St. James.

At the beginning of the third quarter, New Haven was called for five fouls in one possession. Despite foul troubles and St. James in bonus, New Haven clung to a one-point lead as they headed into the fourth quarter.

With a season high 23 turnovers and St. James perfect from the line in the second half; New Haven’s chances of a win were diminishing. St. James’s 14 free throws in the second half led them to a 49-43 conference win.

Friday night, New Haven traveled to take on the scoring powerhouse Pacific Indians. Pacific came in averaging 58 points a game and coming off a big win over Hermann on Tuesday night, sealing the conference title.

In the third straight game, New Haven came out playing with intensity and a desire to win. The Rocks were able to pick apart Pacific’s full court press early on, taking a three point led, 16-13, in the first quarter. Pacific’s Derrick Moore came out of nowhere, knocking down two 3s to give Pacific a four point lead at halftime. Prior to the night, Moore had only hit seven 3s on the season.

Lance Gerlemann up against Derrick Moore in the opening tip to Friday night's game.

New Haven was down two points with a little over two minutes left in the game and a chance to tie when Seth Schenck came off a ball screen, taking a good shot, but unable to convert. Pacific worked about 30 seconds off the clock before Moore drained a 17-footer and a four-point lead for his team. New Haven was forced to foul. Pacific hit their free throws, giving them a perfect record in the conference, 7-0, and a final score of 48-41.

Coach Ray Steinhoff said, “I told the boys after the game I was proud with their effort and how well they competed. I could not have asked them for a better effort. In the past three games we were right there…Hermann we had a shot to tie it with less than a minute to go…St. James same thing and then again at Pacific.”

In the Shamrock’s past three games they have consistently came out with the same high level of intensity that New Haven is known for.  The rocks have also done a better job of attacking the basket.  However, their opponents are getting 10 to 12 more shot attempts, have grabbed more offensive rebounds, and New Haven has committed to many unforced turnovers.

The fact New Haven has nearly won their last three games is in encouraging.  Say for example New Haven had attempted 10 more shots in Friday’s game and they happen to make four of them.  That’s eight points and a win.

While New Haven ‘s overall record may not accurately reflect it, all the pieces have started to fall in right places.  New Haven finishes up their regular season this week.  They will play Hancock on Tues. and Silex on Fri.

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