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Trojans pull away from gamed Cards

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Trojan guard Kelby Hollowell goes up for two points Friday night against Brighton.

Trojan guard Jordan Browning is among several Cardinals going to the basket.

It was no secret that the Brighton Basketball Cardinals got young overnight.

Head Coach Darryle Rogers graduated talent like Ricky Foster and Tony Brooks. And the transfers of players like Kameron Foster, Demetrius Dyson and Jonathan Starks forced a youth movement on the Brighton hardwood.

Coming into Friday night’s game at Millington, the host Trojans were fully aware of the changes at Brighton and team loaded with underclassmen would take the floor of the William Osteen Gymnasium.

“Brighton came in, Coach Rogers does a great job,” Millington Head Coach Rob Sabau said. “They played hard. They’re an improving team. I told our kids all week, ‘I don’t care what you see in the paper or the scores on the Internet, this team has gotten better everytime they’ve stepped on the floor that we’re playing Friday night.’”

The young Cardinals were gamed Friday night only trailing 31-22 at the break. But the Trojans put together a solid third quarter to pull away 70-44.

“Sure enough they came in here tonight and played harder than us, hustled more than us and beat us on the boards,” Sabau said of Brighton. “That goes to show you we’ve still got a lot of work to do. I still thing we’ve got a lot of talent. We’re still trying to utilize all of that. We still have to put that all together. We haven’t don’t that yet. We haven’t played a complete game yet.”

Millington’s latest game started with guards Jordan Browning and the 2013 Mr. MCHS Kelby Hollowell carrying the load. A pair of Hollowell fast break layups put the Trojans ahead 10-6.

Browning contributed later in the first quarter with a lay-in and four free throws. The Trojans were ahead 17-7. The final bucket of the period came courtesy of Cardinal Lorenzo Hunt.

Brighton kept the deficit managable throughout the second quarter. Brighton guard Derrick Somerville drove to the rim for a bucket that made the score 17-11.

Hollowell dropped a triple that put the Trojans up 22-11. Then Somerville hit a pair of foul shots that started a 6-1 run for the Cardinals. Somerville’s teammate Charles Mosley scored a bucket inside that made the score 21-17.

Millington seized back momentum when big man DeCarlos Holmes made a steal near midcourt and located Browning. The junior guard raced down court for two points.

The Trojans were able to take a nine point lead into the locker room. Millington outscored the Cardinals 18-10 in the third quarter to make the advantage 17 points.

The trio of Holmes, Browning and Hollowell did a bulk of the scoring. Hollowell’s triple near the end of the quarter made the score 49-32.

Millington had its best scoring output in the fourth quarter with 21 points. The Trojans held Brighton to 12 points in the final period.

Browning, Holmes and Hollowell combined for 47 points with Browning leading the way with 17 points.

Although the Trojans picked up the victory, Sabau was in a lowkey mood after the game. With several seniors on his squad, the leader of the Trojans wants his players to have a new level of focus, dedication and sense of purpose as the season goes along.

“They have to commit themselves to being good teammates, working hard and listening to their coaches,” he said. “We’ve had some guys who haven’t played the last couple of games for disciplinary reasons. We just need guys who are going to do things the right way everytime they step on the floor.

“When they figure that out, I think we’ll start to put it all together,” Sabau conclude.d “We’ll still have a shot to be pretty good and do some things later in the season.”


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