Updated Sat, Feb 18, 2012 12:16 am
The Trimble Tomcats were hoping that a packed gym for senior night would energize them to a victory over the Federal Hocking Lancers who had already took them down earlier in the season; instead they were constantly beaten on the glass by a team with superior size and dominated in the paint in a 65-38 loss.
The Lancers had the size advantage from tip off and took advantage by getting to the basket early and often, as well as using their size and strength to muscle up second chance points, Federal Hocking finished the game with a 33-20 rebounding edge. The Tomcat’s size discrepancy forced them to commit fouls when taller Fed Hock players had it near the basket, the Lancers were sure to make that strategy backfire.
The Lancers finished the night a solid 20-29 from the charity stripe, the biggest contributor to those stats was big fellow Chris Saylor who went an impressive eight for eight and finished with 12 points as well as 6 boards, Max Carney chipped in 12 points as well. The Tomcats started off the game red hot from behind the three-point line but when the shots stopped falling it was downhill from there for Trimble.
The Tomcats were led by Cyrus Jones 11 points with Konnor Standley adding in seven of his own, however he finished just one for five from the charity stripe. Trimble got to the line at a high rate as well, however their six for 17 outcome proved to be a key difference in the game.
Trimble will travel to Meigs on Tuesday to take on a very tough Miller team that already took them down twice in the regular season; as for the Lancers they get Southeastern next Friday night in the opening round of the state tournament.