Prep Hoops: Trinity gets win over Thomasville
Thomasville’s stay out front lasted only 20 seconds Thursday evening. Visiting Trinity used the rest of the time slowing down the quicker Bulldogs.
A team of mostly guards, Trinity took care of the ball against Thomasville’s swarming defense, and were able to bottle up the middle of the lane to keep the Bulldogs from penetrating. Reeling off a 9-0 run after Dezmond Wilson’s 3-pointer had given THS a one-point lead, Trinity slowly increased its lead over the final three quarters to win 61-46 in a nonconference tilt.
Trinity showed patience much of the night as they continually pitched the ball around the perimeter until the best shot became available. Down 7-6 in the first quarter, Evan Altizer got busy on the offensive glass and was rewarded with a layup to put the Blue Bulldogs ahead to stay. Brandon Earnhardt put in a layup then Jarrod Rogers splashed in a 3-pointer. Hunter Osborne’s drive and dish to Austin Sexton completed a 9-0 that had Trinity out front 15-7.
Malik Johnson and Ike Marsh knocked down 3-pointers in the first couple of minutes of the second quarter to bring Thomasville to within five, but they were about the only perimeter shots the Bulldogs would hit. Sagging its defense into the lane, Trinity was willing to give up the outside shot. Thomasville took them, but the ball did not find the net often.
“They played well,” said Thomasville coach Tony Clark of Trinity. “They were in the lane and packed it well and we really did not shoot it that well tonight. We had nice looks, great looks, but it just didn’t go down tonight. I am not saying we didn’t have it, but obviously this is the reason why I wanted to schedule this game for tonight. So we would not have a repeat of this at Central [Davidson] tomorrow (Friday) night.”
Trinity extended the lead to 14 in the second quarter but had it trimmed to 10 just before the half when Brian McCleveen spotted Demoris Payne up the floor for a layup.
When second half play began Thomasville’s offense disappeared for nearly five minutes and Trinity made a run to put it out of reach. Daniel Newcomer began the 10-0 run spanning three minutes with a layup and Altizer finished things off with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Thomasville cut the 20-point deficit to 11 twice in the fourth quarter, but never could get it back into single digits.
“Tonight’s game, in my mind, was a great measuring stick for us,” said Clark. “I believe it is going to be beneficial for us down the road.”
McCleveen had 13 points and Latrele Skeen had 10 for 4-7 Thomasville.
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