Titans find way to finish this time
Fri. February 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Pender's Julius Powell (1) is trapped between Trask's Tynaffit Davis (15) and Alex Hicks (55). Photo by Mike Spencer
ROCKY POINT | Midway through the fourth quarter, clinging to a three-point lead, the feeling among everyone on the bench for the Trask boys basketball team was the same.
"Uh oh, here we go again," said Titans coach Rodney Orr.
But in a season marred by close late-game losses, the Titans (8-16, 4-10) were able to find a way to escape with a victory Friday night against rival Pender 54-49.
"It's a process of growing up," said Orr. "You've got to win close games. We hit some clutch free throws, and were able to pull out a big win."
The Titans were able to give themselves a little breathing room in the second quarter, when a 15-0 run helped give them a 25-10 lead. However, a 15-4 Pender run closed the gap to 29-25 at halftime.
"We were able to get a stretch out a little bit, and it was just a game of runs," said Orr. "We ran it out, they caught us right before halftime, we ran it out a little bit and were able to hold on by hitting free throws."
The Titans entered the final quarter up 41-31, but a late run by the Patriots cut the lead to three.
"I told them we're okay," said Orr. "What's done is done. You've got to focus on the next play. You've got to keep your head up and just focus."
Trask did just that when Pender sent them to the free throw line. Missed free throws were a big reason why the Titans dropped the first game to Pender back in January. Friday was a different story though, as they were able to make clutch free throws with the game on the line.
Rasheed Brown led the way for the Titans, scoring 18 points, with 13 of those coming from the free throw line. Tyquan Davis added 14 for Trask as well.
Tyrice Murphy scored 13 points to lead the Patriots, who fell to 10-11, with a 5-5 record in the Tri-County conference.
GIRLS: TRASK 48, PENDER 25
Trask took the first game of the doubleheader as well, comfortably securing a win over the Patriots. Chrishonda Brown scored 10 to lead the Titans, while Kanesha Lewis led Pender with 15 points.