Trojans declaw Cougars

Published 9:36 pm Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last Saturday night, the Charles Henderson boys’ team fell to Dothan 43-36.

This past Saturday, was a different story.

The Trojans played host to Northview and took care of business, early and often, winning 72-59.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

“This was a big win for us,” head coach Carl Hollis said. “We are still not where we need to be – but this was a good win.”

The victory is the team’s second in as many nights and improves the Trojans’ overall record to 9-10 on the season with seven of those nine wins coming at home.

“We actually pressed tonight and that’s what made the difference,” Hollis said.

“These games, win or loss, are ones we can use for the Area tournament.

“I have liked what I have seen the lately – the kids are playing hard,” he added.

Within only a few minutes of the game, the Trojans had a 10-point lead and never looked back.

By half time, CHHS was up 47-31 and continued in the second half forcing Cougar turnovers and turning them into points.

The Trojans’ lead would eventually hit 20 points in the third quarter thanks to eight quick points off of four consecutive Northview turnovers.

The Cougars where able to make one last push late in the fourth, however the closest the team would get was 11 points at 68-57, as the Trojans rolled on.

Justin Davis and Jabari Brown led the way for the Trojans with 14 and 11 points.

Jaquani Toney and Mitch McLeod had strong contributions coming off the bench as Toney finished with eight points and six assists while McLeod had six points and five rebounds.

As a team, the Trojans shot 52 percent from the field, hitting 14 of its 27 shots.

Nine of the ten players on the CHHS roster scored.

Even with the win, Hollis said there was much for his team to work on for the remainder of the season.

“We are still not patient with a lead, we are shooting too many quick shots,” the coach said.

“I saw something that I liked tonight, but when you got a team down like we did, you have to work them on both sides of the ball.

“That is something we still need to work on – we can’t let up when we have a big cushion,” he added. “We got to play smarter basketball.”

CHHS will be back in action on Tuesday as the team hits the road to face off with Greenville.

Earlier this season, the Trojans defeated Tigers 49-47 at CHHS.