Pender tops Trask
Tue. January 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Trask's D.J. Love drives to the basket against Pender in Rocky Point on Tuesday. (Photo by Photo by Matt Born)
ROCKY POINT | The Pender Patriots improved to 6-9 on the year Tuesday as they defeated the Trask Titans 65-59.
The loss drops the Titans to 4-13. They also have now lost their last five.
"It's been tough," said Trask coach Rodney Orr. "What I've been proud of is we fought through it together. Anytime you go through something like that, you know, they say they even out. We sure hope they start evening out."
Much of the credit has to go to the defensive pressure of Pender, which never let star shooting guard Rasheed Brown get into a rhythm.
"They did a really nice job of being aggressive and coming out to the ball," said Orr.
Brown, who came into the game averaging 24 points per game, finished with 25. Much of those points, however, came late in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.
The frustration was evident on Brown's face throughout much of the night, along with the rest of his teammates.
"Anytime you have a young team and you're learning how to play, mental toughness is as important and physical toughness," Orr said. "And when you're struggling, you have to be mentally tough enough to make the next play."
Above all else, though, missed free throws seemed to doom the Titans.
"Not much to say," said Orr. "I don't know how many we missed. It was a war, and in games like that things like free throws make the difference."
GIRLS: Trask 72, Pender 23
The miserable season for Pender continued Tuesday night as Trask took the first half of the doubleheader by crushing the Patriots. The loss drops Pender to 0-16 overall, while Trask improves to 10-7.
The Patriots led early in the first quarter, 6-5, then went cold from the field. They did not make a shot from the field again until the 3:22 mark of the third quarter. India Daniels and Deja Burnett led the team with seven points, while Kourtney Messick added five. Trask blew the game wide open in the third, outscoring Pender 26-6 to take a 38- point lead into the final quarter. Cendria Murphy led the team with 20 points and Jeleah Lee chipped in 14.