Titans upset first-place Bulldogs
Sat. February 02, 2013 at 12:14 a.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
ROCKY POINT | Trask finally found some luck on Friday night.
The Titans, hapless losers of seven games decided by six points or fewer, turned the karmic tables by beating conference leader Wallace-Rose Hill 67-60.
"Sometimes you've got to take a lot of lumps before you figure out how to come out on the right end of those kinds of games," Trask coach Rodney Orr said.
Trask (6-14, 2-8) maintained a narrow lead for the first half and blew the game open in the third quarter with outside shooting. The Titans went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in the third quarter to stretch a one-point halftime lead into a 15-point third-quarter one.
Rahseed Brown was his typical productive self with 26 points, including back-to-back buckets to spark the initial 8-0 run that put Trask in front. Orr also noted that forward Alex Wickel provided 10 critical points in the paint on 5-for-6 shooting.
"That's probably the best game he's played all year," Orr said.
More than just making shots, Trask also handled Wallace-Rose Hill's pressure and forced a number of turnovers of its own. Trask drew five charges during the game and had 11 steals. In the second quarter, Wallace (13-6, 9-1) only attempted six shots.
Wallace-Rose Hill did rally in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to single digits after an intentional Trask foul resulted in a scuffle and a double technical. But Wallace never closed to within a possession, despite 18 points from Marquel Newkirk.
Trask made enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win, and give the young Trask roster something to build on.
"When you're trying to build a program with younger kids, any positive victory like that is like a cinder block in the development," Orr said. "You can point to it. See, there you shared the ball, hit shots, responded to adversity and handled their pressure well. We didn't back down."
Wallace-Rose Hill coach Steve Robinson wasn't surprised at the loss, despite his team's undefeated conference record entering Friday's game.
"We'd won some close games, they'd lost some close games," Robinson said. "It's not an easy place to play. A lot of teams come in here and lose."
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