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Cavs best Trojans 65-49, sweep season series

Monday, January 14, 2013

Jay Howard was a bright spot on the Trojan team on Friday night with 18 points. Howard's 18-point effort included two big baskets from downtown.
The Dyersburg Trojans came up short against the Crockett County Cavaliers on Friday night 65-49 for the second time this season. After losing to the Cavaliers at home in overtime back in November, the Trojans were looking to repay the favor on the Cavs home court. The atmosphere in the gymnasium was electric as the packed house was treated to some great basketball in the first half.

The Cavaliers started the first quarter on a tear with seven different players contributing baskets as Crockett County opened up a 17-7 lead over the Trojans by the end of the period. The period was marked by extremely physical play by both teams setting up an exciting second period that saw the Trojans battle the Cavs back to a tie.

Dyersburg started the second period on an 8-0 run to cut Crockett County's lead to two, 22-20. The Trojans were able to tie the game at 22 with 1:08 remaining in the period only to lose the lead a possession later with the Cavalier's making it 24-22 with less than 45 seconds left in the half. Dyersburg's Paul House was fouled on the ensuing possession earning him a trip to the charity stripe with 7.8 second left in the half. House hit the first basket to cut the Cavalier lead to one but was off the mark on his second attempt. Crockett County brought the ball out and quickly got it into the hands of Andrew Laman, who would hit a three from the corner at the buzzer giving the Cavalier's a four-point advantage 27-23 heading into the locker room.

After blowing an 11-point lead in their previous meeting the Trojans had to feel good about their chances in the second half to continue battling. Jay Howard would give the Trojan faithful hope in the opening moments of the second half as he hit a huge three to cut the Cavalier lead to one, 27-26 but that would be the closest the Trojans would come as the Cavaliers would then score five straight points and begin to distance themselves from the Trojans. Crockett County was led by Jordan Mosier who took over the game and accounted for 15 of the game-high 19 points in the second half.

Dyersburg would enter the fourth period down 43-36 and would continue to make a push to challenge the Cavaliers but Crockett County would open up a 12-point lead with 5:30 left to play in the game that Dyersburg would be unable to overcome. The Trojans were led in scoring by Howard with 18 points and was closely followed by Brice Williams with 15 points and seven rebounds.

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