Shots from the foul line helped Tattnall Square add to its lead Thursday night as it eyed a win in the first round of the GISA Class AAA basketball tournament against Dominion Christian.
As it turned out, the fouls hots also helped the Trojans turn back a furious rally by the Knights. Tattnall, seeded No. 4 out of its region, pulled off a 56-51 victory to advance to Saturdays quarterfinal round against Southland, a game that will be played at 6 p.m. at Stratford.
Any time you knock off a No. 1 seed, obviously youve beat a pretty good team. When you look and see that our No. 2 and No. 3 seeds got beat by their region, its a good win for us, Tattnall head coach Edwin Cook said. We survive to play another day.
The Trojans were 7-of-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, and none of those shots ended up being bigger than a pair from Will Trevitt with 10 seconds go that increased the Tattnall lead to 56-51, making it a two-score game and all but clinching the win.
The win itself was far from easy for the Trojans in the games latter stages. Dominion forced multiple turnovers and converted quick scores to trail by a point after being behind by double-digits with two minutes to play.
We just have to make sure that we dont put ourselves in that situation again, Cook said. Thats something well look to correct and just work on late-game situations with who is doing what and how we are going to break the press. We worked on it, but they threw a couple of wrinkles at us.
Tattnall led 50-40 with two minutes to play, and the game seemingly was in hand. Then Dominion came to life.
The Knights went to a fullcourt press in an effort to force quick turnovers, and the plan worked. Within 20 seconds, multiple Trojans turnovers and a trio of Jordan Dorsey layups cut the Tattnall lead to 50-46 with 1:13 to play.
Even after Tattnalls Noah Malone made the score 52-46 with 46 seconds to play, Dominion didnt relent. Tate Cooney, who scored 24 points, drained a 3-pointer and then scored off of yet another Trojans turnover, and Tattnalls lead had dropped to just a point, 52-51 with 36 seconds to play.
Aubrien Kemp, whose steady 19 points led Tattnall, drained two free throws with 25 seconds to play, and the Trojans lead was back to three points, 54-51.
Needing a defensive stop, Dominion was forced to foul Tattnall, and that worked right into the hands of the Trojans. Two free throws by Trevitt with 10 seconds to play moved the Tattnall lead back to two possessions, essentially clinching the win.
Trevitt proved a key component for the Trojans on the offensive end, doing the grunt work in an inside effort close to the glass that made up for some other offensive shortcomings. Trevitt finished with 12 points.
We always want to get the ball into Will. We have a big man; we want to use him, Cook said.