NEW CASTLE — A third-quarter scoring drought ultimately cost the Anderson boys basketball team its three-game winning streak Friday night at the world's largest high school fieldhouse.
New Castle (7-10) outscored the Indians 21-4 in the pivotal third quarter and ran away with a 72-63 victory.
The Trojans trailed 34-29 at the half but opened the third period with a 10-0 run to affect the game's sixth and final lead change.
All five New Castle starters scored in double figures, led by Austin Orr with 19 points. Kyle Bumbalough added 15 points, and Andrew Garrett scored 11 of his 14 points to key the third-quarter spurt.
EJ Sorrell scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, and Abe Haler rounded out the Trojans' leaders with 10 points.
Freshman Zac Owens led Anderson with 14 points, and Grant Bennett finished with 12.
The Tribe (9-11) survived five lead changes and two ties in the first quarter to claim a 19-15 lead. Anderson's trapping defense was effective throughout the first half, forcing five steals and leading to 11 points.
The Indians also shot 53.6 percent from the field in the opening half, with FreSan Reese's jumper at the buzzer giving them a five-point lead at intermission.
In the second half, New Castle handled Anderson's press much better. The Trojans turned the ball over just three times in the final 16 minutes, yielding just five points.
Meanwhile, New Castle's zone defense took away the driving lanes the Indians exploited throughout the first half with their superior speed.
Forced to settle for jumpers, Anderson shot just 40 percent at halftime. And the Indians seldom got a second chance.
New Castle pulled down 27 defensive rebounds, compared to just six for the Tribe off the offensive glass. Anderson lost the rebounding battle overall 33-26.
Haler led the Trojans with 12 boards. Kobe Clay led Anderson with seven.
The Indians will return to New Castle Fieldhouse in two weeks for sectional play. The postseason draw will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Anderson closes the regular season Tuesday at home against Brebeuf (12-3). The game originally was scheduled for November but was postponed when the Braves qualified for the Class 3A state championship game.