STC coach Nate Doran wants his guys to remember what they are here for. "I felt like last time (referring to last week's 80-58 loss at South Hardin) we were too uptight." Doran cancelled Sunday's practice to give his guys time to relax. He wanted the Trojans to remember to have fun out on the court. The result, while still a loss, was a much improved effort that saw the Trojans playing tough, competitive basketball down to the final seconds of the game.
Darius Lasley, Tyler Martens, Grant Koch, Dalton Doyle and Ian Slagle were the starting lineup for the Trojans. Starting for South Hardin were Sam Shindelar, David Shindelar, Eric Mulder, Andrew Wiechmann and Glendon Mesch.
The Trojans came out strong with a seven to zero run in the first two minutes of the first quarter. Lasley led the charge with 10 of the Trojan 16 points giving STC a 10 point lead going into quarter two. While the Trojans were off to sensational start, the Tigers woke up and found their offense in the second quarter. STC scored just nine points while Mulder, leading scorer for the Tigers, contributed nine of the team's 21 first half points. The score at half-time was 25-27.
Ian Slagle takes a shot while playing South Hardin on Monday Feb. 10 in the Roundhouse.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
Grant Koch got things going for the Trojans in the second half with an early 6 points. With 4:57 left in the third quarter Doyle tied the game at 33 with a three pointer. With a bucket under the basket, Ian Slagle took the lead for the Trojans 35-33. The noise at the Roundhouse came to a crescendo as Koch, off a sharp pass from Darius Lasley, sunk a contested layup, drew a foul, and converted the free throw for a three point play. However, the Tigers kept pace with the Trojan offense as they responded with a 16 point third quarter and two point lead going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was nerve-wracking for the Trojan fans. Lasley defied gravity as he tied the score at 47 with an acrobatic lay-up. The Trojans kept the game to within two points until Jordin Wilkie hit a jump shot for the Tigers, extending their lead to 52-47. Ultimately the Tigers were able to pull ahead in the last minute of the game and closed out the win, 57-52. While there are no moral victories in basketball, coach Doran believes his team left everything on the court Monday night saying, "We are young and sometimes when you are a kid facing adversity you back down, but I really feel like tonight they stepped up.