Powerhouse Lafayette cruises to victory over New Kent
This year’s rendition of New Kent’s Trojans’ basketball team has been one that has been a headscratcher if you only read box scores and results. And while the team has players that can get the ball down the court, a lack of a short bench and true number one score has caused issues, with the latest exploitation of the Trojans’ weaknesses occurring Jan. 31.
Lafayette’s Keyshawn Jefferson takeover of a contest led to an onslaught as the Rams cruised to an 84-53 win over the hosting Trojans.
Lafayette came out looking to run the Trojans out of the building, catapulting to a 10-2 lead to open the contest. A critical three-pointer by New Kent’s Ben Housdon cut the deficit to five, but the Rams responded with a 6-0 lead to push the score to 16-7. The lead reached double figures for the first time with Lafayette’s Timmy Wollum draining a trifecta (19-9).
But New Kent gained confidence with the scoring of Ryan Curle and Mitch Morse. The duo scored eight of the next 10 points in the contest, allowing the Trojans to close the deficit to four (21-17) heading into the next quarter.
Three turnovers to start the frame began the Trojans vital downfall in the contest. Along with the turnovers, Jefferson took control of the contest for the Rams. A massive scoring outburst of 20 points in the second quarter alone by the Lafayette standout outscored New Kent as a team as Lafayette jumped to a 49-33 halftime lead. From there, the blitz by the Rams continued in the third and fourth quarter as the contest never came any closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
After the contest, Trojans head coach Ronnie Cox talked briefly about the loss.
“We have the ability to make shots and tonight we were six of thirteen from the three-point line,” he said, pointing to the positives. “But we also want to be able to run the offense the correct way and make sure we’re not settling.
“There are literally no days off in this district,” Cox continued. “You can be beat by anyone and the competition is there, especially when you have great players like Keyshawn Jefferson. You have to bring your best every night and we are getting great experience having to play teams at this elite level.”
Morse and Housden both finished in double figures for the Trojans (4-15) with 16 and 12, respectively. Curle contributed nine, Jared McCaughan added eight, Brandon Coutu tossed in four, and KeSean Taliaferro and J.J. Jacobs each chipped in with two.
Lafayette’s Jefferson led all scorers in the game with 28 points.