Trojans waltz into tournament championship


Garner ran away from Knightdale early on Wednesday night at Trojan Coliseum and was able to sustain a scoring slump to move past the Knights 87-64 to move into the Greater Neuse River Conference Tournament Championship game for the third straight year.

The Trojans (22-2) used a very fast start going on a 8-0 run as Dominique Reed, Cameron Redd, Larry Richardson and Josh McClain all scored quick buckets for Garner over the first 63 seconds of the game prompting the Knights to call a timeout. However, that timeout did little to slow down Garner who went on to close the first in a frenzy as Reed scored 16 of his game high 25 points in the first stanza to lead 36-18 after one.

Knightdale (12-13) managed to slow the tempo down in the second quarter while the Trojans found themselves into a shooting slump. Unfortunately for the Knights, they could only cut the deficit to 12 points midway through the quarter. The final four minutes of the opening half saw the Trojans grow their lead to a working margin as they led 52-37 at the break.

Gavin Wilson provided the scoring leadership for Garner in the third scoring five of his 12 during the period while Garner to a 69-40 advantage to the final quarter. In that final stanza the Trojans were able to rest some key guys and cruised to a 87-64 victory.

Garner will return home for the Championship game on Friday night at 7:30 when they take on the Clayton Comets in the title tilt. The Comets reached the championship game by defeating Southeast Raleigh 53-50.

The boys championship game will be preceded by the girls championship game at 6:00 and at 4:00 Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh will play the third place game. All three contests will take place inside Trojan Coliseum.