Trojans blast Toccoa Falls to open season

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Troy Trojans scored 65 first half points on their way to a 135-76 win over Toccoa Falls in the 2016 season opener.

Troy (1-0) kicks off the season scoring over 133 points for the first time since 2007.

The Trojans converted on five of their first seven three point attempts and stormed out to a 10-0, before the Eagles got on the board with a jump shot by Jovan Morris at the 16:57 mark.

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“We have some guys that can really shoot the ball,” said Trojan head coach Phil Cunningham. “One thing we have done consistently all off season and preseason is really shoot the ball well from the three point line. When we went on that 10-0 run at least two of those were three pointers, so that’s always a good thing,”

The Trojans shot 60 percent from the field and shot 47 percent from behind the arc. Their largest lead of the half was 38 late in the first half and carried a 65-38 lead heading into halftime.

It marked the first time since January 9, 2014, that the Trojans scored fifty points in the first half.

The Trojans continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 70-38 and led by as many as 65 points.

The Trojans had seven players (Kevin Baker, Shawn Hopkins, Wesley Person, Juan Davis Jordon Varnado Alex Hicks and Aaron Ariri) to score in double figures for the first time since 2012.

“It shows what we have been talking about the entire fall,” Cunningham said. “We have a lot of depth. Our challenge as coaches and as a team is to take that depth and use it as an advantage.”

Baker and Davis led the team with 17 points apiece.

The Trojans dominated Toccoa Falls in the paint, outscoring the Eagles 64-22.

“That has been an emphasis of ours,” Cunningham said. “We are definitely going to be a team that throws the ball inside.”

The Trojans finished the game with 19 three-pointers which was the most since March 3, 2006.

The Trojans will take a step up in competition when they host Eastern Illinois on Monday night.

“Our guys are going to go home and rest,” Cunningham said. “We are going to have to bring it Monday night.”

Tip-off between Troy and the Panthers is 7 p.m.