The #17 seed Troy Trojans played their final game of the season and lose to the #5 seeded Xenia Bucs 80-58 Friday night in the first round of the sectional tournament.
Trojans head coach Paul Bremigan shares his thoughts on his team’s disappointing loss.
“We just turned it over way too much. It was just too many turnovers against a good team and when you turn it over as much as we did, we don’t deserve to be close.”
In first quarter, the Trojans played well, keeping up with the Bucs’s fast pace offense but suddenly fell off allowing the Bucs to create points off turnovers and miscues.
The Trojans played hard on the offensive and defensive boards and at one point the score was tied 10-10.
The Bucs began to pull away, hitting two three-pointer to put them up 21-13 at the end of the quarter.
Going into the second quarter, the Trojans were still down but with the help of big man Mechia Linton, who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds.
Only down by six points early in the quarter, the Trojans were still able to mount a comeback and like the first quarter the turnovers on both sides of the ball prevented them from doing just that.
Half way through the quarter, the Trojans didn’t score a point, meanwhile the Bucs went on a 14 point run to end the quarter and led going into halftime 44-23.
Coach Bremigan explained what his team tried to do after the first half.
“We wanted to a better job against their pressure and we didn’t do that, seemed like we had a lot of guys doing the same thing.
The third quarter was the first half all over again as the Trojans continued to commit turnovers, and try to overcome a double digit deficit.
The Bucs were up by as many as 28 points and the score only went up from there.
There was a scary moment in the quarter when big man Mechia Linton landed awkwardly on his shoulder. He remained on the bench rest of the game.
The Bucs still led 69-41 after the third.
In the fourth quarter, the Trojans were still behind and weren’t close to making a comeback.
The Bucs go on to win 88-60 and advance to the next round.
Trojans Romello Yaqub scored a team-high 19 points and Mechia Linton ended the night with 15 points.