Triton started slow but dominated the second and fourth quarters to rout visiting rival Midway 72-42 in varsity boys basketball Friday night.
“I don’t know what was going on early,” said Triton coach T.J. Morrison. “I told them I felt like we were going through the motions and that’s not what I want to see. I don’t want to see us just go through the motions. I felt bad for them (Midway). I know they were down a couple of guys. The Autry kid (Jamar Autry) was very good. In spite of that, we can play better early. Don’t wait until the fourth quarter and try to play and put it on. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to have a better mentality and not wait until the fourth, because there will come a time when it is too late.”
Midway coach Joseph Easley liked his team’s effort, but cited poor shooting as the biggest factor in the loss.
“Our 2-3 zone tonight was, I think, what we needed to do and that’s what we did,” Easley said. “I don’t regret the defense we came out in. I just felt like we needed to make more shots. We had some opportunities that we didn’t make the most out of. I thought Jamar Autry played an awesome game. I thought the guys tried hard. I thought for about half the game we played great and for the other half we just couldn’t make enough shots.”
Four Hawks (3-2) scored in double figures. Senior Kalil Hodges had 11 points and seniors Derreon Burnett and Emari White and junior Shaiheim Strickland had 10 points apiece.
Travion Sanders and Dalen Thompson had eight points apiece. Myshon Smith had six points. Ladrabious Eason had four points. Colby Parker had three points. Tre’Sean McLeod had two points.
Junior Jamar Autry led all scorers with 28 points, Tony Pena had eight points and Carsse Lucas, Zack Fann and Brandon Cousar had two points apiece for the Raiders (3-5).
Midway was short-handed due to various ailments and injuries.
“We’re without three of our starters,” Easley said. “We’re wounded right now. We’re not at full strength. Which is why I feel a lot better about this than what the scoreboard suggests.”
With the score tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter, Triton went on a 22-6 run to take a 33-17 halftime lead.
After Midway outscored Triton 12-9 in the third, the Hawks had another big quarter, outscoring the Raiders 30-13 in the fourth.
Triton and Midway meet again at Midway on Tuesday night.