Free Throws Help Trojans Stay Perfect

In a game where a combined 43 fouls were called, the Garner Trojans made the most of its time at the charity strip shooting 81 percent (23/27) in a hard fought 68-57 victory over the Sanderson Spartans on Friday night inside Trojan Coliseum.

Sanderson (2-1) was able to slow the pace and dominated both the offensive and defensive boards in the opening half while knocking down almost everything in sight, especially from the outside as Reggie Traywick buried a pair of opening half three-pointers to give the Spartans a three-point, 34-31 halftime lead.

Garner (4-0), stayed close thanks to its shooting at the line going 18-of-20 from the line (90 percent) in the games opening 16 minutes.

The second half was more of the same and after a back-and-fourth affair in the third stanza, the game went to the final eight minutes tied at 49.

But, in those final moments, the Trojans took control thanks to the play of its two early season stars. Demarcus Sanford scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the final quarter while super Sophomore, Julius Barnes poured in five points on back-to-back possessions for the men of Troy to finish the final quarter with seven points and ended the contest with 19 as Garner pulled away for the 68-57 victory.

The Trojans will take a week off before returning to action on Friday night, Dec. 7 when they travel to Sanderson High School to battle the Spartans.

Varsity Girls Fall to Spartans

For the fourth game in-a-row, the varsity lady Trojans basketball team battled for the entire game only to fall in the final moments. Sanderson (2-1) built what seem to be a comfortable lead before Garner (0-4) came storming back to cut what was a double-figure deficit into a five point game as the final moments of the third quarter ticked away.

However, the depth and size of the Spartans was too much as they pulled away to defeat Garner 66-46.

Garner is back in action next Friday, Dec. 7 when they hit the road and once again battle Sanderson.

JV Splits

Both JV teams split their contests with Sanderson on Friday night at Trojan Coliseum. The JV lady Trojans fell to Sanderson 33-29 while the JV boys dropped the Spartans 60-34.

Both JV teams are back in action on Thursday night when they welcome Middle Creek to Trojan Coliseum.