Updated Sat, Feb 4, 2012 11:40 am
The Trimble Tomcats’ were on the losing end of another lopsided defeat Friday against South Gallia.
It was a long night for Trimble, who was celebrating its Winter Homecoming with pre-game festivities. After the late tip-off, the night was spoiled by the Rebels, who had four players in double figures. South Gallia was led by Levi Ellis’ 18 points on 8-9 shooing and Cory Haner’s 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Tomcats’ shooting woes were a major factor in the loss. Trimble shot just 33 percent on the night to South Gallia’s 54 percent. Trimble also turned the ball over 18 times while forcing only South Gallia 11 turnovers.
Trimble competed early on, enduring a back and forth first quarter and trailing only 16-14 after eight minutes. The Tomcats would take a 20-18 lead late in the second quarter before a 10-0 run by South Gallia to end the half. During the run, Chris Spears injured his knee attempting a layup in traffic and had to leave the game. At that point, the wheels seemed to fall off the bus for Trimble, as South Gallia outscored the Tomcats 34-17 in the second half. Spears would return in the third quarter, but he would not be a factor. His seven first half points led the Tomcats on the night.
Trimble committed zero turnovers in the first quarter but managed to turn the ball over 18 times in the last three periods. The Tomcats’ seven third quarter turnovers were devastating as South Gallia turned many of those takeaways into uncontested fast break layups.
Cody Bragg had seven points and seven rebounds for Trimble, and Konner Standley, Jacob Hooper, and Cyrus Jones all turned in six points. Justin Jewell scored just two points after being crowned Winter Homecoming King before the game.
The Tomcats (2-13, 1-10 TVC Hocking) are on the road twice next week against Southern (12-3, 9-3 TVC Hocking) and Wahama (9-8, 8-5 TVC Hocking).