Charles Henderson wraps up tourney with win

Published 3:00 am Friday, November 27, 2015

The Charles Henderson wrapped up play in the Carroll High School Basketball Tournament with a 72-52 win over New Brockton Wednesday evening.

After losing to power house Carver Montgomery to start the year and following that up with a loss to a potent Northview team to start the tournament, Charles Henderson bounced back in a big way on Wednesday.

“We came out and executed tonight,” said Trojan head coach Carl Hollis. “We ran our offense. We were able to run up and down the court tonight. We are not a very good transition ball club. Tonight we ran when the opportunity presented itself. We are a better ball club when we are able to do that.”

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Both teams came out in the first quarter, and it was a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams stay neck and neck throughout. Starting in the second quarter the Trojans were able to get a separation of about five points and they were able to pull away from there to secure the 20-point victory.

During the two-game stint of the tournament, Hollis learned a lot about his team even without one of his key contributors.

“I am missing one of my starters, Josh Robinson,” Hollis said. “He hasn’t been with us during this tournament. I was able to start a ninth and tenth grader. I had the opportunity to get them some experience that they needed to get. They got good experience playing 28 out of the 32 minutes.”

The Trojans entered this tournament for a chance to play basketball and get a better understanding of what the 2015-16 version of the Trojans will offer.

“We needed to play this tournament,” Hollis said. “The more we play the better we are going to play, so we needed to play.”

One thing the Trojans struggled with on Wednesday evening was their ability to knock down free throws. The Trojans were only able to muster around 50 percent from the line, something Hollis believes will have to get better for the Trojans to become successful.

“It gave me as a coach something to go back and work on,” Hollis said. “We will take off the next few days, but we will play on Tuesday and will come back and work on some stuff.”

Kordel Anderson led the Trojans in scoring with 36 points.

The win for the Trojans followed a loss to a Northview team that was extremely fast and according to Hollis had an opportunity to get up and down the court with ease. Northview’s explosive offense gave the Trojans problems for the majority of the evening.

After losing To Carver 74-28 and to Northview, the game against New Brockton was all about getting some much needed experience for the Trojans, who hope to grow up with each and every game.

“We got some good experience,” Hollis said. “We lost to Carver that first game, but we went to Carver because we wanted to play somebody that was good and let us see what we need to do to be good. We have played some good teams already.

Charles Henderson will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Union Springs to take on Bullock County.