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Four complete quarters in game still not there as Trojans battle

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

As the regular season winds down, it continues to be a tough go for the Troy Trojans as they continue attempts to put four full-quarters in a game.

On Feb. 7, they lost 57-50 to Francis Howell North. JD Powell and Tyler Springer led Troy with 19 and 11 points respectively with Connor Wiemann following with eight points. James Gleeson led the Knights, scoring 21 points followed by Terry White (14) and Taylor Salzano (10).

Junior guard Ryan Cockrell picked up his third foul in the opening period and went to the bench. However, Troy led 14-12 at the end of the first period and 27-23 at the half. In the second half, the Knights picked up the pressure defensively which keyed their rally for the win and they also lost the battle of the boards (28-23).

“Friday was a tough loss against Francis Howell North considering we had the leave through most of the game and the game was tied with two minutes left,” said Troy Coach Ryan Meyers. “I think we are still trying to learn how to finish games but we were able to do just that on Monday against Timberland.”

JD Powell (with ball) draws the attention of three Francis Howell North defenders.

JD Powell (with ball) draws the attention of three Francis Howell North defenders.

In another tightly contested game, the Trojans prevailed with a 58-54 win over Timberland. Powell again led Troy with 20 points and five rebounds. Cockrell scored 14 points with Tanner Ludwig finishing with eight points. The Trojans led 31-22 at the half before the Wolves rallied in the third period with an 18-12 edge.

“Cockrell is a big key to our team and he made a lot of big plays down the stretch on Monday night to get us the win,” said Meyers. “Not only did he make a big three but he had a couple of key steals on the defense.”

On Tuesday Troy lost a close game (64-59) against Fort Zumwalt West. Powell continues his streak of double-digit scoring leading the attack with 18 points. Ludwig had 13 points followed by Cockrell with 11 points.

“We had the lead in the fourth quarter but we could not close the game out,” said Meyers. “I am proud of the kids as they continue to work hard and get better each day, and hopefully we can continue to improve as we move through our conference schedule and get ready for districts.”