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Trojans edge Rebels, snap 4-game skid

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dyersburg's Jay Howard drives toward the basket during the 61-59 district win over Obion County on Tuesday in Troy.
TROY -- Entering the district contest against Obion County on Tuesday night, the Trojan basketball team was reeling. Losers of four straight, Dyersburg was desperate for a win of any kind.

It appeared the string of losses would increase after the Rebels took an 11-point, 33-22 lead at the half. But then again, as they do on most nights, the Trojans rallied in the final two quarters.

The end result of a stellar second half comeback was a 61-59 victory for Dyersburg, one that left Trojan head coach Blaine Mahaffey pleased with the effort of his squad afterwards.

Brice Williams has his path to the basket blocked by a Rebel defender.
"This one was all about our guys wanting to play and they deserve all the credit for the way they battled and never gave up. Our execution was good tonight, especially in the second half after we took the lead," said Mahaffey. "We knew we were going to get their (Obion County) best shot and I think we got all of it.

Dyersburg's Deyvon Pierce led all scorers with 27 points, with 25 of those coming in the second half. Teammate Jay Howard also finished in double digits, finishing the contest with 10 points. Charles Barbee and Chase Boehms chipped in with seven points each, while Brice Williams ended the game with six.

Dyersburg (3-5,1-1) trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, before the Rebels rode the momentum by increasing the lead to 33-22 at the half after Obion County's Shaw Logan drained a long 3-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer to end the second period.

Despite the double-digit deficit at the half, Mahaffey stayed positive with his squad during the break, believing the Trojans still had time to rally from the deficit.

"We talked about several things to do with our defense that we didn't do in the first half, and we talked about being a little more patient on offense," added Mahaffey. "That's the first time they've played us man-to-man and I thought we were a little impatient in the first half."

In the third quarter, the Trojans stayed within striking distance of the Rebels in large part due to the play of Pierce. The junior spent a lot of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble, but in the third he kept the Trojans in the hunt offensively, scoring 14 points as the Trojans headed to the fourth down 45-37.

In the final quarter, the Trojans trailed by eight, 55-47, with 3:30 left to play when things really came together. Williams scored on a drive to the basket to make it 55-49, before a Rebel turnover was converted into points when Pierce drained a 3-pointer.

Now trailing 55-52, another Rebel turnover and a stick back from Barbee cut the deficit to a single point. Boehms then was fouled and the sophomore calmly stepped to the line and delivered, sinking both free throws to lift Dyersburg to its first lead of the game, 56-55 with two minutes to play.

Dyersburg led by as many as five in the final two minutes before hanging on to snap an early season, four-game skid with the 61-59 victory.

"I think this just validates what we're doing everyday to get better," said Mahaffey. "This wasn't a must win for us, however, we did need a win cause it sure didn't hurt anything."


Obion County 68, Dyersburg 55

After the last five years, the Lady Rebels have owned the Lady Trojans and Tuesday night was no different.

Behind a 31-point performance from Brandi Goodman, Obion County improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in district play with a 68-55 victory.

While the district loss was bad enough for the Lady Trojans, the squad will also be without their head coach for the next two games. Randy Coffman picked up two questionable technicals during the contest, with the last coming with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter.

Coffman's ejection came with Dyersburg trailing 51-40. Afterwards, Coffman was careful with his words, but appeared to have a solid argument concerning the ejection, or at least the first of the two technical's assessed.

"The first one I was pointing at and coaching my kids on the floor, nothing more and nothing less. I wasn't out of the coaching box and I just didn't understand it," he said. "After that I was supposed to stay seated and I'm a passionate coach and I guess my passion got the best of me and I stood up and that was it."

After Coffman's ejection, back-to-back 3-pointers from Myah Taylor and Kendra Jordan brought Dyersburg to within five points, though still trailing 51-46. Two free throws from Christine Moore with 4:17 on the clock cut the lead to 51-48.

Unfortunately for Dyersburg, the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Trojans 20-4 over the final four minutes to seal the 68-55 victory.

Taylor and Chari Swift led the Lady Trojans with 15 points each, while Christine Moore also finished in double figures with 11.

"Our kids fought hard and really rallied around each other while having to deal with some adversity," said Coffman. "When you get down like we did to start the game as well as the second half, you have to scratch and fight to get back in it and I thought our kids did a great job of staying in the game tonight."

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