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Trojans fall to Randolph-Clay

OZARK – The Charles Henderson Trojans were eliminated in the first round of The Dothan Eagle Holiday Prep Classic by the Red Devils of Randolph-Clay High School. The Trojans kept the game close, but the Red Devils managed to gain the lead and won 59-49.

“We didn’t play well,” Trojans head coach Carl Hollis said. “We didn’t play like we should have played.”

The Trojans led the Red Devils 20-17 after the first quarter, but Randolph-Clay responded by outscoring the Trojans 21-14 in the second quarter to take a 38-34 half time lead.

“We gave them too many layups,” Hollis said. “We gave them too many second and third rebounds.”

The Trojans had a difficult time stopping the jump shot of Zuriel Muhammad of the Red Devils.

Muhammad led Randolph-Clay with 21 points on the night, and he was a problem for the Trojans outside the three-point line.

The Trojans trailed by 10 at the third quarters’ end, 52-42, and each team added seven in the fourth quarter leading to the final score.

“They killed us on the boards,” Hollis said. “They killed us on the glass. We’re not in shape to play basketball.”

Jabari Brown led the Trojans with 14 points in the game. Daris Wilson added 10, and Justin Davis added six.

The Trojans will have some down time in store with the first round loss.

The next game on the schedule is at Dothan High School on January 2nd.

“It’s not good having a layoff like that,” Hollis said.

The Trojans have time to practice, and Hollis hopes the team can learn from the loss.