Updated Sat, Jan 18, 2014 1:43 am
The Trimble Tomcats took down the Waterford Wildcats tonight in Glouster 59-41.
The Tomcats came into tonight’s game with a 5-3 overall record and 4-2 conference record while the Wildcats of Waterford came in at 8-3 and a first place 7-1 conference record.
The game started off slow, as Trimble did not score their first bucket until 5:11 remaining in the first quarter. Waterford took the first quarter 10-7.
The second quarter seemed to show signs of a back-and-forth battle. After trading baskets back and forth all quarter long, the Wildcats took a 23-21 lead into the locker room.
Head coach Curt Moore did not seem happy with his team’s first-half play.
“We didn’t make any shots when we needed to and they were hitting theirs, we have to turn it around in the second half,” said Moore.
Turning it around is exactly what Moore’s squad did. They outscored Waterford 15-10 in the third quarter. With big man Micah Couch being double-teamed all game long, it was senior Jacob Koons who stepped up. The guard had only two points in the first half, but had a second half to remember.
Koons hit a three ball on Trimble’s first possession to put them up 24-23. He hit two more on consecutive possessions to score the first nine points for Trimble in the second half.
“We moved the ball well tonight” said Koons. “We were patient and my teammates found me when I was open and I was feeling good so I just kept shooting.”
Once the fourth quarter came along, Trimble took over. After forcing three straight turnovers and converting on the other end, the Tomcats lead 42-39 and forced a Waterford timeout.
The timeout did not affect the Tomcats whatsoever. They allowed the Wildcats to go on a little 5-0 run, but quickly responded with one of Koon’s five three-balls on the night. Trimble held a comfortable 49-35 lead with just over 5 minutes remaining.
Waterford came into tonight’s game as one of the highest scoring teams in the TVC-Hocking and Trimble held them to their lowest scoring output this season.
Trimble showed that their defensive skills were not left on the football field.
“We [switched] between our zone and man-to-man defense all night” said Moore. “We were very well prepared and our boys played strong.”
Koons was the high scorer tonight with 17 points including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Couch finished with 12 points and 5 boards.
The boys of Glouster travel to Nelsonville tomorrow for a non-conference matchup with the N-Y Buckeyes.
“We have to play hard and continue our tough defense and we will get the win” said Koons.