Triton varsity boys basketball coach T.J. Morrison admitted to some apprehension as the Hawks opened their Tri-County Six 3-A Conference schedule at home against Lee County without senior Josiah Lett on Friday night.
That was a reasonable concern considering Lett, a 6-2 senior, was averaging a team-high 9.6 points as well as 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.
“He had to go out of town for a family church trip,” Morrison said.
Triton had its own revival in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 22-10, over the last eight minutes for a 51-45 victory.
“We played decent defense for most of the game,” Morrison said. “But our offense was stagnant. I am happy for the kids. I loved the fight they showed late in the game.”
Senior Travion Sanders stepped up with 17 points.
“He fought back to make some plays down the stretch,” Morrison said. “He made four big free throws and had a good overall game.”
Sanders had four steals and finished seven for nine at the line.
Junior Dalen Thompson, who has committed to Campbell for baseball, had 10 points and six rebounds. Ladrabious Eason had six points and 11 rebounds.
Jamari Amerson and Myshon Smith each had five points for the Hawks. Luke West had three points. Scoring two points each were Keionta Burnett and Nate McKoy. Jalen Evans added one point as Triton moved its overall record to 7-6.
A one-sided fourth quarter also decided the varsity girls game as Lee made a 15-2 in the final period for a 46-38 victory.
The Lady Hawks slipped to 5-6 despite 11 points, 14 rebounds and four steals by freshman Abby Hood.
Triton visits West Johnston for nonconference games on Wednesday night.