Edwin Cook wasnt too discouraged when Tattnall Square lost a coin toss Friday night to break up a three-way second-place GISA Region 2-AAA tie, putting the Trojans in a play-in game against Young Americans for the region tournament.
Tattnall answered the added challenge of being the fourth-seeded team and ousted No. 5 Young Americans Christian by winning 63-39 on Tuesday night, moving the Trojans on to the semifinals against Stratford.
The advantage to playing the play-in game is you can get a game under your belt in the tournament before anybody else does, Cook said. But youre always scared of an elimination game, because all it takes it one bad one, and youre done. But I was pleased with the way we responded. It was good to get a 20-point win, be able to rest the starters for a little while.
Will Trevitt went 7-of-13 and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line to score 16 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead the Trojans. Austin Long added 14, while Aubrien Kemp scored all 12 of his in the first half.
(Trevitt) and (Kemp) both have been our top two scorers the whole year. We expect them to score, Cook said. It is nice, like (Tuesday) when (Long) got 10 points the first quarter, and Tevyn Rogers got five in the first half, so if our other starters can give us some point production, it takes a little bit of pressure off our top two scorers.
Tattnall lead 15-8 after a slow first quarter filled with nine turnovers on both ends then opened it up to jump to a 15-point lead after Kemp nailed three straight 3-pointers.
The Eagles stayed within 13 after a solid third quarter of nine points from Daniel Hardeman, but Trevitt answered with six in the fourth, including a resounding dunk to give the Trojans a 20-point lead with 5:15 to play.
The first half, they were really packing that zone in, so I couldnt really get easy buckets down low, Trevitt said. Once our guards got a couple of layups quick, and then that made (Young Americans) focus on them, and I got a couple of dump-offs and easy putbacks and stuff to get me going in the second half.
The win gave Tattnall some things to work on going into Thursdays game.
If we rebound the ball and clean up our defense a little bit and knock out some of those easy buckets, we should be able to keep it tight and have a good ballgame Thursday, Trevitt said.