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Trojans too much for Titans

December 30, 2011

East Oktibbeha's Davalyn Bell, middle, goes up against a New Hope defender on Thursday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The East Oktibbeha Titans followed up Wednesday's win in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk in the Hump Tournament with another good effort, but it did not come in a winning effort.
For a game that was back and forth for most of the afternoon, the New Hope Trojans took control in the second half and never let up.
The Trojans outlasted the Titans 73-64 in day two of the tournament.
The Titans took a 39-37 lead into the locker room at halftime, but New Hope made a run late in the third quarter to take the lead for good. The Trojans went on a 13-6 run to end the third quarter and took a 56-49 led into the final frame.
East Oktibbeha scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and pulled within three but that's as close as it would get.
Coach Barnett Robinson's Titans came from down double digits in its first game of the tournament but could not repeat that.
"We just got kind of behind, and we couldn't play from behind," Robinson said. "We didn't do the things that we were supposed to be doing. We gave it a hard effort."
New Hope went on an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter after the Titans pulled it within three. The Trojans' Jason Tate started the run when he knocked down a 3. Curtaves Lathan ended the run when he knocked down two free throws. The Titans only scored six more points from that point on.
East Oktibbeha struggled to get back on defense and the Trojans capitalized on those mistakes.
"We didn't get back on defense," Robinson said. "I don't know if we were tired or just ran out of energy from (Wednesday), but my hat goes off to (New Hope). They played a real good game and we just didn't do the things that we were supposed to be doing."
New Hope was led by Lawrence Brown with 29 points, Jock Pilgram with 17 points, and Tate with 16 points. The Trojans conclude the tournament today at 2 p.m. when they play Jackson Olin (Ala.).
Devonte Lucious led the Titans with 36 points.
"He kind of carried us today," Robinson said of Lucious. "We needed the rest of them to step up and follow him and they didn't, but hey it was a good effort."
Chris Harris chipped in 16 points for the Titans, whol finish the tournament today at 11 a.m. when they play Louisville.

Jackson Olin (Ala.) 56,
Columbus 52

A defensive struggle turned into a battle of free throws late in the fourth quarter.
Columbus cut the lead down to two at 54-52 with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but Jackson Olin's Jerrell Pippen knocked down two free throws on the ensuing play.
The Falcons had a chance when Roshad Meeks stepped to the line for two free throws. He missed both.
The Mustangs trailed when Columbus scored the first two points of the game, but never trailed the rest of the way.
Olin held a 16-12 first-quarter lead, a 24-17 halftime-lead, and a 43-39 third-quarter lead.
The Mustangs were lead by Kieston Standfield with 16 points. Olin will be back in action today at 2 p.m. against New Hope in its final game of the tournament.
Deontae Jones lead the Falcons with 20 points.

East High School (Tenn.) 86,
Strong (Ark.) 56

It was another game and another come from behind victory for the East High School Mustangs.
The Strong Bulldogs led most of the first half and led 12-1 at one point in the first quarter. The Mustangs battled most of the first half and took their first lead late in the second quarter at 29-28.
East took a 37-31 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The Bulldogs struggled for most of the second half. They scored just five points in the third quarter and East took a 59-36 lead into the final frame.
The Mustangs were led by Nick King with 23 points. Matthew Butler chipped in 13. They will conclude the tournament today at 3:30 p.m. against host Starkville.
Stetson Billings led the Bulldogs for the second game in a row with a game-high 31 points. Arriun Gatson added 15 points. The Bulldogs will be back in action today in their final game of the tournament against Carroll (La.) at 12:30 p.m.

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