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Covington gets off to a fast start, Trojans play catch-up rest of contest

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Kolby Hollowell finished the Covington game with 29 points.

Kolby Hollowell finished the Covington game with 29 points.

Millington Trojan guard Bryce Mattox leaps and stretches for a rebound during second half action against Covington Friday night in the William Osteen Gymnasium.

Millington Trojan guard Bryce Mattox leaps and stretches for a rebound during second half action against Covington Friday night in the William Osteen Gymnasium.

The Millington Trojans are now members of District 15-2A.
Friday night the closest rival in the new league paid a visit to the William Osteen Gymnasium. And a familiar foe emerged as the Achilles’ heel for Rob Sabau’s Trojans.
While Millington was a member of District 14-3A, one of its area rivals and Region opponents was the Munford Cougars. From 2012-14, Reggie Holmes was a point guard for the Cougars getting a chance to get to know the Trojans.
Now a senior guard for the Chargers, Holmes displayed his defensive skills, outside shooting and ability to drive to the rim for 25 points in a 77-54 win over Millington.
Holmes helped Covington jump out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter with a pair of steals at mid-court leading to breakaway layups.
Moments later Holmes made another theft of a Trojan ball handler leading to a bucket giving the Chargers a 15-3 advantage.
Kip Fleming finally ended Millington’s drought with a drive to the rim for layup. The Trojans ended the first quarter on a highlight when Kolby Hollowell located Fleming for a layup in the paint making the score 17-7 in favor of Covington.
Then Holmes attacked the Trojans from the perimeter hitting a triple to make the score 20-7. The Chargers outscored Millington 20-7 in the early moments of the second quarter before a Hollowell three-pointer made the score 37-17. Holmes answered Hollowell’s trey with a three-pointer of his own.
Covington was ahead 44-20 at halftime. Both teams scored 18 points in the third quarter. Most of Millington’s offense came courtesy of Hollowell’s’ hot outside shooting.
Hollowell hit 5 three-pointers down the stretch. But the Chargers maintained their lead to win by 23 points.

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