Just like their female counterparts, the North Callaway varsity boys basketball team hasn't exactly gotten off to a great start this season and the competition its been facing in the Centralia Tournament doesn't appear to be doing it any favors.

On Thursday in round two of the tourney the Thunderbirds found themselves facing Harrisburg and with Mark Hollenberg back in the lineup not only did he have seven points and a team high eight rebounds, but his team leading all night long on their way to charting their first win of the year 51-48.

"It was a grind of a game. We got in foul trouble early. A lot of players had to come in off the bench and did a good job," said coach Mathias Miller. "We had to change our game plan and we did a good job with that. We finally won our first game and that's always the hardest one to get."

Setting the rhythm that all others had to follow for North Callaway by hitting a pair of triples on his way scoring a game-high 18 points was Andrew LoCastro, backing up that effort with 13 points and seven steals was Khobi Kellerman and Cody Cash led the squad with five assists.

For Harrisburg, 1-3 overall, its only player in double figures was Zach Hudnell with 13 points.

One of the Thunderbirds other injured players, Dawson Wright, has a broken middle finger and a dislocated thumb, but his thumb protection should be removed on Tuesday. That means he'll be released to play that day with the cast still on his middle finger.

North Callaway's, 1-2 overall, next game was Saturday against Salisbury in the consolation round of the Centralia Tournament.