Garner moves on to second round with thumping of EE Smith


Gavin Wilson scored a career high 28 points on Monday night to be one of three Trojans scoring in double figures as Garner ran past the EE Smith 87-67 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Garner (25-0) began the game by working the ball down low to their big man Dominique Reed who went to work in the paint scoring 8 of the teams 11 first quarter points. Meanwhile, the Trojans played great defense allowing the Golden Bulls to score just four points.

EE Smith (12-13) managed to hang around and eventually took a lead at 32-31 with about two minutes left in the half. Trailing for the first time in the game Garner, exploded - going on a 14-5 run to close the half and take a 45-36 lead into the locker room.

In the second half the Trojans continued to fire at will as Reed scored six points to finish with 14 for the third time in four games. Also, Donald Johnson got red hot scoring six points in the third stanza and finished with 20.

With 3:45 left in the third, Garner coach, Eddie Gray called a time out and challenged his teams defensive effort and following that time out, Garner went on a 8-3 spurt over the next two minutes prompting the Golden Bulls to call a time out with 1:45 left in the third and the Trojans up 62-47. Garner finished the third up 65-49.

In the fourth quarter, Wilson finished up his night of work hitting three, three pointers in the period and tied his career high of five three's for the game. Smith just had no answer for the Trojans quickness as Garner rolled 87-57.

The Trojans will be back in action on Wednesday night when they return home for a 7:00 tip off when they host Hoke County (12-12). The Bucks defeated Laney 65-62 on Monday night.

Jeanne Hulmes, VP Banking Center Manager