Troy nips Cougars

Published 11:19 pm Saturday, January 10, 2009

It took more than four minutes for either team to get on the scoreboard, but the Charles Henderson Trojans kept the Northview Cougars winless with a 41-24 victory Saturday night in Troy.

“I am so enthused that we won,” CHHS head coach Carl Hollis said. “We played worse tonight than we did last night (against Rehobeth), but we won. We needed a win and we got a win.”

After neither team scored in the first four minutes of the game, the Trojans (6-10) went on a 9-0 run in the final four minutes of the quarter to lead 9-0 after one.

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The Cougars (0-12) struck back by outscoring CHHS 11-7 in the second quarter to cut the Troy lead to 16-11 by halftime.

Each team scored three points in a defensive third quarter and CHHS held a 19-14 advantage heading into the final quarter. Hollis and the Trojans slowed the pace to save their legs and it worked for the fourth quarter.

The Trojans scored 22 points in the fourth quarter compared to the Cougars’ 10 to put the icing on the victory.

“We were trying to save our legs because I could tell we were tired,” Hollis said. “But we played a little better in the fourth quarter.”

Justin Davis paced the Trojans with 18 points and eight rebounds. Jabari Brown chipped in 10 points and had nine rebounds, four steals and one assist. Daris Wilson had five points, three steals and three assists.

Troy lost 69-63 to area foe Rehobeth Friday night. Davis and Isaiah Wilson each had 12 points, Daris Wilson had 11 points, Brown again chipped in 10 points and Courtney Brasell and JaQuan Toney had eight points apiece.

CHHS has no time to relax, as they travel to face the No. 2 team in Class 5A in the Eufaula Tigers (17-1) Tuesday night.

“That is bear country right now because Eufaula is tough and everyone knows it,” Hollis said. “We have to go up there ready to play.

“We are going with confidence and if we can win that would be great. And it is good to have a win going into Eufaula.”

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