Warriors smoke Trojans, remain undefeated in district play

by dentonramsey

Warriors smoke Trojans, remain undefeated in district play

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

The South Grand Prairie varsity boys’ basketball team unleashed the long range bomb on Monday night, Jan. 8 at Warrior Coliseum, cruising to a 77-43 victory over the Trinity Trojans en route to an undefeated district mark at 4-0.

SGP shot 60 percent from 3-point range in the first half against Trinity, jumping out to a 20-point halftime lead at 41-21.

Bench players played a huge factor for the hometown Warriors as 14 points in the first half came from non-starters.

Both Conwell Jackson and Donell Lewis drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first half for the Warriors, as teammates Justin Monk and Chad Price picked up a successful 3 as well.

After shooting lights out from downtown in the first half, the Warriors continued to drain the trey in the second half with SGP sinking three more 3s before all was said and done.

From the get-go, the Warriors used solid defense to build up an early 13-6 lead resulting in a Trinity timeout with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter.

And after one period of play, SGP held onto a solid 21-8 lead as Jackson sunk a 3 at the buzzer for the Warriors.

With 2:28 left in the first half of play, Trinity called their second timeout with SGP on top, 37-18.

And by halftime, the Warriors had built their lead to 41-21.

In the first half, SGP shot 66.7 percent from the field (16-for-24) while Trinity went 9-for-23 from the field for 39.1 percent shooting.

From the charity stripe, the Warriors shot a poor 3-for-6 (50 percent) from the line while the Trojans went 2-for-3 (66.7 percent).

And while the Warriors were hot from beyond the arc at 60 percent (6-for-10), the Trojans shot a miserable 12.5 percent from 3-point range (1-for-8).

The second half was much of the same, as the Warriors extended their lead to 48-22 as Trinity took a timeout with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter.

After three, SGP led by 30 at 63-33.

And by the time the Warriors reached 70-38 with 5:40 left in regulation, Trinity spent their third timeout of the second half to talk things over.

But obviously, nothing the Trojans head coach could say or do would stop the barrage of shots from the Warriors as SGP pushed their lead to 77-41 with 3:26 remaining in the fourth and final quarter.

In the final few minutes of action, the Warriors gave the Trojans a taste of their own medicine, holding onto the basketball due to the fact there is no shot clock in high school hoops.

Early on, the Trojans tried to milk the clock with the road team still in striking distance.

However, things quickly went awry for Trinity as the Warriors won easily, 77-43.

In the second half, the Warriors shot a more modest 51.6 percent from the field on 16-for-31 shooting, draining 37.5 percent from long range (3-for-8).

But the Warriors struggles continued from the free-throw line, as the team shot a pitiful 1-for-5 (20 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half.

The Trojans, meanwhile, shot a little better than they did in the first half, going 36.4 percent from the field (8-for-22) and 11.1 percent from 3-point range (1-for-9).

From the line, Trinity shot 45.5 percent on 5-for-11 shooting.

Lewis led the Warriors with 19 points, while Jackson chipped in with 12 points.

As a team, SGP also picked up 8 steals and 4 blocks.

With the victory, South Grand Prairie remains undefeated in district play at 4-0, improving their overall record to 17-3.

The Warriors varsity basketball team returns to the court on Friday, Jan. 12 at Irving MacArthur.

Tip time for the Jan. 12 road game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

After hitting the road for MacArthur on Friday, SGP returns home to host Irving Nimitz on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Tip-off for the Jan. 16 district match-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Warrior Coliseum.

 

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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