Trojans Suffer First Loss of Season
By Luke Severt, Trojan Tempo Sports Writer
SIDNEY- After a 2-0 start to the season, the Trojan basketball team was handed their first loss of the season on Tuesday, December 12, a 65-54 loss to the Sidney Yellow Jackets. The Trojans were dominated at times, but were able to remain close and compete against a very impressive Sidney team. “We kept fighting despite being down and on the road,” junior Chris DeMeo said about his team’s ability to compete.
The Trojan offense, which has struggled early in the season, had a difficult time against Sidney’s press defense. They were held to only 45 points while shooting a mere 36 percent from the field. “Offensively, we were poor on execution, we got out of our game plan and we got a little too reckless,” senior Zach Reichelderfer said. The Trojans were blocked seven times, six coming from the GWOC leader in blocks per game, Junior Ratez Rodgers. On the positive side, Troy was able to limit their turnovers, giving up only 15, their lowest total of the season. DeMeo led the team in scoring with 11 points, including a pair of three-point baskets. He was followed by Reichelderfer, who had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Senior Brenden Kinnel who had eight points.
Despite the offensive struggles, the Trojans defense continued to excel, and kept the team in the game. They were able to hold Sidney’s superstar, Andre Gordon, the GWOC North leader in scoring, to only 21 points, his lowest scoring game of the year. Troy also held the Yellow Jackets to 65 points, their lowest scoring performance in league play this year. “On defense played pretty well, holding a team like that to only 65 points,” Reichelderfer said. The Trojans matched up evenly with Sidney on the glass, with each team securing 29 rebounds. Troy also forced nine turnovers, had two steals and a block.
The Trojans return home next to face another strong GWOC North competitor, the Butler Aviators. Butler is 4-0 on the season, and sits atop the league standings at 2-0. Troy has dominated Butler recently, going 5-1 in the past three seasons against the Aviators. They will look to continue their dominance and dethrone Butler from their GWOC North lead on Friday, December 15.