Trojans come up short

Published 10:26 pm Friday, November 30, 2018

The Charles Henderson Trojans battled to the end, but came up short in a 76-64 loss to Eufaula on Friday night in Troy.

The loss for the Trojans snaps a four-game winning streak and brings their overall record on the season to 4-2.

“We talked about, to win this game we had to keep our composure for the entire basketball game,” said head coach Doug Branson. “That was our pregame talk. I thought in the first half we made good decisions for the most part. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really got caught up in what they do, which is moving up and down the floor and we were making poor decisions.”

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Marcus Grant made back-to-back three pointers in the first quarter to give the Trojans an 18-11 advantage. By quarters end, the Trojans lead was cut to three at 22-19.

Both teams shared the lead in the second quarter. In all, the lead changed hands three times before the game went into halftime tied at 36.

Late in the third quarter, the Trojans surrendered their final lead when the Tigers went up 47-45. From that point on, the Tigers outscored the Trojans 29-19 to secure the win.

“We fought,” Branson said. “I was proud of them for fighting the way they fought. They competed until the very end. It was a hard-fought basketball game. It was very competitive from start to finish. There were just inconsistencies throughout that hurt us.”

The Trojans finished off a back-to-back on Friday night. They defeated Barbour County in overtime on Thursday night.

“We talk about grit and competing,” Branson said. “You’re either a competitor or you’re not. This team is nothing but a bunch of competitors. If we had a game tomorrow, they would be out there fighting their rear end off. Next week doesn’t get any easier. We have the same thing next week.”

Terrell Sistrunk finished with a team-high 19 points, while Grant finished with 18 points, thanks to five made three pointers.

The Trojans will be back at it again on Tuesday when they host Enterprise.