CARMEL - The University High School Trailblazers hosted the Bethesda Christian High School Patriots Friday night after coming off a 78-70 win against Indianapolis Lutheran. They were able to come out on top again 54-52 despite a push near the end by the Patriots

Both teams came out strong defensively in the first quarter of play. University forward Tyler Diehl recorded three blocks in the first three minutes to help the Blazers take control early. He would finish the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. However, the Patriots were able to play just as well after clicking. Bethesda guard Andrew Warrick was able to record a few steals that countered Diehl's strong effort.

University head coach Brandon Lafferman praised Diehl's play after the game.

"Tonight, he was fantastic," Lafferman said. "We kind of used him in a position where he was constantly in the help to help on some of their better drivers, which was what created him to get a lot of blocks."

Even though they played great defensively, the game was one-dimensional for both schools early. The first eight minutes were full of missed shots and opportunities as they put up a mere 22 points combined.

The Trailblazers looked to the rest of the team for offensive play in the second quarter after Diehl and junior guard Connor Holly were the Patriots' main focus. University usually leans on the tandem for their points, but Bethesda made them switch it up.

"They did a good job defending Connor (Holly) and Tyler (Diehl)," Lafferman said. "We had to change some things offensively and get some of the other guys looks. They were really over-helping on those two players."

During the third quarter, we were introduced to University's unsung hero - senior forward Christian Grubaums. After coming off the bench, he provided the team with points, rebounds and size. Grubaums would finish the game with eight points and five rebounds.

"He's a senior that didn't play last year, and he has really worked hard in practice to earn some minutes tonight," Lafferman said. "He really showed us a lot. He really outworked some of their bigs to deliver us some buckets."

The Trailblazers continued fighting and stayed out of harm's way by maintaining a lead from that third quarter and beyond. Diehl showed up once again in the fourth and record two blocks for the team as the student section roared with every rejection. Despite a late run from the Patriots, University held their own at the end by not only -- once again -- playing great defensively, but by capturing the energy from the crowd and teammates .

"The energy in the second half, I think, is what really caused them to force some shots," Lafferman said. "It made some their players that we wanted to take shots to take shots."

The Trailblazers will have a week off, and then will travel to Muncie Burris next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.