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Millington’s rally comes up short at Bolton

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Trojans Browning fouled

Millington Trojan Julian Daughtry takes a jumper over a Bolton defender last week. The Trojans' comeback effort came up short against the rival Wildcats.

Millington Trojan Julian Daughtry takes a jumper over a Bolton defender last week. The Trojans’ comeback effort came up short against the rival Wildcats.

ALRINGTON — A furious comeback for the Millington Trojans came down to less than 15 seconds. Trailing by as many as 15 points and 48-37 early in the fourth quarter, Millington rallied to make the score 57-52.
Trojans Head Coach Rob Sabau called a timeout to set his defense. The move paid off when Millington forward Devontae Winston was able to make a steal. But in an effort to find an open shooter for a three-pointer, Winston’s pass flew into the hands of a Bolton defender allowing the Wildcats to run out the Bolton Gymnasium clock for a 57-52 victory.
“Missed opportunities and maybe about 20 to 25 turnovers,” Sabau noted for the defeat. “We don’t turnover the ball so much and we take advantage of our opportunities, I think we win.”
Bolton’s fast-pace offense and defense helped the Wildcats build a 15-5 lead early in the contest. Bolton was paced offensively by Nick Brunson and DeAunte Houston.
Then Millington closed out the first quarter on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to single digits. Trojan guard Jordan Browning got things rolling with a three-pointer. He added a layup and his teammate Roddarius Pitts hit a jumper to make the score 17-12 after 8 minutes.
Both teams put 11 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Trojans like Julian Daughtry, Pitts, Winston and Browning matched Wildcats Jaylen Fisher, Raekwon Baker and Houston point for point to make the halftime score 28-23 in favor of Bolton.
In the third quarter the Wildcats started out with a 11-2 run to build a 39-25 advantage. The highlight of the Bolton run was a fast break featuring a laser pass form Houston to Baker. Baker quickly flipped the ball to Trebor Jackson for a layup.
Millington’s drought ended when Pitts scored in the lane. The Trojans were behind 43-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Bolton maintained it’s double figure lead early in the fourth until Pitts hit a three-pointer to make the score 50-42. The Trojans proceeded with a 10-4 run to make the score 52-49 with a minute remaining.
During Millington’s rally Trojans like Devynn Brandon, LaKeron Garcia and Browning scored.
But Baker was able to stop the Trojans’ momentum with a layup.
Bolton held off Millington’s late rally to win the district contest by five points.
“I think we’re going to be able to win if we keep playing like this (second half performance),” Sabau said. “I knew going into the season, it was going to be a building process. But I think we’re staring to get it. We’ve had some setback and demoralizing defeats.
“The guys have always believed,” he added. “If they keep on doing that, I think we have a chance to be in the mix.”
Sabau said it’s important that his team build confidence over the next couple of weeks before the district tournament is to be played in Millington. The veteran coach said his team will build off the last quarter against Bolton.
“The biggest thing is they bottle that effort up, that intensity up and they keep their heads up,” he concluded. “They have to keep believing we can do what we set out to do.”

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