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By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
It was the first tournament of the season for the Raiders and it didn’t end well, as the boys fell to Campbellsville 54-65 in the Derby City Classic Dec. 13.
The Raiders kept the game close until the final period of play, but the Pirates proved to be too much.
From the opening tip-off, the Raiders looked outmatched by the athleticism of the Campbellsville ball club. But the Raiders would not be intimidated and in the first quarter played well on defense to open up more opportunities on offense. Trimble forced six steals in the first quarter.
It was all about experience as the opening quarter saw points go up courtesy of seniors Cory Turner, 6, Larry Sullivan Jr., 3, Aaron Law, 4, and Christian Courtney, 4. The Raiders shared the ball well in their effort to outscore the Pirates 17-13.
Going into the second quarter, big scoring from Law, who put up 10 of Trimble’s 16 second period points, continued to keep the game close. The Raiders had some early foul trouble that caused the team to slow their aggressiveness, but by the end of the quarter the Pirates led by only 4.
After halftime, Trimble came out flat with missed shots and poor defensive transitions. The lax effort resulted in head coach Bob Lauster’s decision to send younger players to the hardwood.
“I believe our young guys came in the game and played solid. They are really coming along on realizing the difference between varsity and JV and knowing how to make better decisions,” assistant coach Jimmy Mckinney said after the game.
The Raider bench produced 7 of the 11 points in the third quarter, while Sullivan contributed another four. Despite the effort, Trimble was outscored 19-11 to begin the final period of play 44-49.
In the fourth quarter things went down hill for the Raiders. Law provided the Raiders with their only points of the quarter, sinking a two and a three pointer.
With little time left on the clock, Trimble coaches pulled the upperclassman to give the team’s reserves some playing time. When the final buzzer sounded, the Raiders had been outscored 10-17 in the quarter.
“We need to learn how to put a full game together. Once we do that we can beat anyone, but it starts in practice. When we put a full practice together mentally, we will win games like these more often,” assistant coach Chris Reed said.
Law led all scores with 20 points on the night and Campbellsville’s Matthew Davis followed close with 18. Sullivan added 9 points and 7 assists and Cory Turner added 8.
Other teams involved in the tournament were Louisville Moore, Louisville Southern, Christian Academy and Fort Knox.