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Trojans pick up another road district victory without senior guard Newsome

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington senior forward Jonathan Patterson awaits Arlington guard Justin Boring bringing the ball upcourt last week during the Trojans' 48-45 win.

Millington senior forward Jonathan Patterson awaits Arlington guard Justin Boring bringing the ball upcourt last week during the Trojans’ 48-45 win.

ARLINGTON – It was evident early Jan. 29 the Millington Trojans missed their senior point guard Jerick Newsome.

The floor general missed his second consecutive game with an chest injury at Arlington. And the Tigers took advantage of the discombobulated Trojans jumping out to a 10-1 lead.

But the Millington players settled down under the guidance of guards Tevin Oliver, Jordan Browning, Lakeron Garcia and Willie Mudbone to take the lead in the second quarter. Needing Newsome’s calm presence in the fourth quarter, Millington hit two “No! No! No!” shots to pull out a 48-45 victory in the Arlington Gymnasium.

“Neither team could score really,” Millington Head Coach Rob Sabau said. “Both teams played good defense. But we don’t do smart things at the end of games. We talked about it and we worked on it. Tonight we made shots.”

Ahead 40-36 in the fourth quarter, Millington guard Roddarius Johnson found himself with the ball outside of the arch. Right in front of his team’s bench, Johnson launches a shot as a defender was closing out. The ball dropped in the net giving the Trojans a 43-36 lead with a minute and 36 seconds remaining.

After Tiger Adarius Avery scored two of his 10 points to make the score 43-38, Millington center DeCarlos Holmes was passed the ball outside of the paint. The senior drove to the basket and tossed his 6’8 body into the air with two Tiger defenders near flipping the ball into the air toward the rim.

Holmes shot was pure and gave the Trojans a 45-38 lead.

“Hopefully the next time we’ll make shots again or we just don’t take those shots and play smarter,” Sabau said. “In the end they pulled it out. They did enough to win the game and that’s all that counts this time of the year.”

Arlington didn’t make the final minute easy on the Trojans with Rhyan Townes hitting a floater in the lane to make the score 45-42. Then the Tigers stole the ball and drew a foul.

Arlington’s free throw made the deficit a bucket with 37 seconds left. The Trojans knew from then out they would have to win the District 14-3A showdown from the line.

Trojan senior forward El Paso Johnson was first to visit the charity stripe making one of two shots to make the score 46-43.

Seconds later Oliver found himself with the ball trying to dribble out the clock. He was fouled with 27.9 seconds remaining. After making his first shot, Oliver missed his second free throw attempt. But the big man Holmes was there for a tip making the score 48-43.

The Tigers had enough time to try to get two possessions. But Arlington kept missing shots in the lane until a bucket was made as time ticked off the clock to zeros.

The victory was Millington’s second straight on the road with the Trojans beating Bartlett Jan. 25.

“We’re starting to get a lot of confidence and we’re starting to play a lot better,” Sabau concluded. “That’s the key. We just need to be playing our best ball in two weeks.”

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