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Trojans too much for Rebels

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Dyersburg's Deyvon Pierce glides to the basket during the second half of the 67-58 win over the Rebels.
Facing Obion County on Friday to begin the home stretch of the regular season, Dyersburg needed the district win as much as any team in the standings. A win over the Rebels would keep the Trojans in the fifth spot, while a loss would send the squad tumbling toward the bottom ranks of the standings.

With a solid second-half performance, after a horrid opening quarter and trailing at the half, the Trojans held their ground. The end result was a 67-58 victory over the visitors, one that should provide Dyersburg (9-11, 5-6) with some much-needed momentum with a tough stretch of games still ahead.

Trailing 20-12 at the end of the first period and 31-27 at the half, a strong second half was needed to earn the victory and that's just what the Trojans delivered.

Dyersburg's Kevin Shaw knotted the contest at 37-37 in the third before teammate Jay Howard broke away for a dunk to give the Trojans their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

The two squads battled throughout the remainder of the period as Dyersburg held a slim, 47-46 lead heading to the final period.

Two minutes into the final period, the Trojans raced out to a 54-48 advantage and never looked back.

Dyersburg connected on 26-of-55 attempts from the field compared to 22-of-55 for the Rebels. The rebounding total showed the two teams knotted at 25 each, while the Trojans connected on 13-of-19 at the charity stripe compared to 7-of-8 for Obion County.

Brice Williams paced the Trojans with 17 points and seven rebounds, Shaw added 16 and four boards and Jay Howard rounded out the scoring with 13 points.

Bryan Morris led the Rebels with 18 points that included four 3-pointers, while teammate Zack King also finished in double figures with 15.

The Trojans will look to carry the momentum of the victory to Covington on Tuesday when they face the Chargers, currently the top-ranked team in the district.



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