Trojans rough up Jaguars 64-51 Saturday night

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Charles Henderson boys basketball team captured a hard-fought 64-51 win Saturday against Hillcrest-Evergreen.

“We played good, but we still were not consistent,” said head coach Carl Hollis. “We played a little selfish. We tried to score instead of being patient on offense. We played pretty good on defense, but we still have a lot to do.”

The Trojans led by as much as 22 points in the opening half, but as the Jaguars switched from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone, the Trojan offense sputtered.

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“We started to shoot the ball when we didn’t have a shot,” Hollis said. “We started to throw the ball away when we didn’t have any pressure on us.”

The Jaguars were able to capitalize on those mistakes and cut the Trojan lead down to single digits during the third quarter.

The Trojans settled down late in the second half and were able to pull away.

“We didn’t get as tired as we normally get,” Hollis said. “I played my entire team. I had 11 kids, and I played all of them in the first half.”

The Trojans did a little bit of experimenting in their win against the Jaguars, as Hollis opted to change up his starting five.

“If you want to have different results than you need to do different things,” Hollis said. “One thing that I am trying to do is establish confidence heading into area play. We are trying to get everybody in the game. If we can get everyone to play and play well we will be a much stronger ball team.”

He deemed the experiment a success.

“The did a good job. I played them for about 10 minutes and they had about a six-point lead when I took them out,” Hollis said. “They were more patient and more coachable. They stayed in their offensive states and played good defense. That’s what made the difference.”

Senior Kordel Anderson led the way for the Trojans, with a game high 20 points. Sophomore Jalen Tuck finished with 11.

The Trojans head into area play Friday when they host Rehobeth.

“We going to continue to practice,” Hollis said. “We are hoping to get stronger every day in practice and get better every day.”

Tip off between Charles Henderson and Rehobeth is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.