Trojans struggles continue, drop latest contest to York
New Kent’s ability to put together a full 32 minutes together on the hardwood has plagued the Trojans for most of the 2019-2020 basketball season. A Feb. 5 matchup with the York Falcons replayed those troubles.
After hanging with the visitors for one half, New Kent fell 58-37 in the Bay Rivers District contest.
New Kent’s ploy in the contest was to use its size to bully the Falcons in the paint. But York failed to waver in those attempts, allowing the visitors to hold an 11-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
New Kent’s offense sparked to kick off the frame, as Kevin Harris basket was followed by Julius Jacob’s jumper off one foot to give the hosts a 14-11 lead. The run continued as Calvin York’s putback and Jalen Banks downtown three-pointer contributed to what ended up as a 10-4 run for the hosts, providing them a 21-15 lead.
The Falcons counter-punched with a run of their own. The visitors strung together enough points to reclaim the lead at 27-24 before the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.
New Kent’s offense struggled in the third quarter as York executed a half-court trap. The ploy worked, upsetting coaches and players as they watched from the sidelines. The result was the visitors carrying a 41-33 lead into the fourth. The pressure continued into the fourth, with York outscoring New Kent 17-4 in the final frame.
New Kent head coach Garrett Ross elected not to comment after the game.
Banks’ 10 points were the high mark for the Trojans, who drop to 5-13 on the season. Harris pumped in six, York added five, Jacobs and Jason Hall tossed in four apiece, Jared McCaughan and Zach Morse each pumped in three, and the duo of Tyler Adkins and Logan Frederick each chipped in with one.