2015-12-16 / Sports

Trojans’ offense too much for rival Tigers

Sports Staff Writer

Thornton Academy forward John Fogg defends Biddeford’s Alex Millett during Tuesday night’s game. 
ALEX SPONSE LLER /Journal Tribune Thornton Academy forward John Fogg defends Biddeford’s Alex Millett during Tuesday night’s game. ALEX SPONSE LLER /Journal Tribune SACO — The Thornton Academy boys basketball team dominated Biddeford, 77-42, thanks to a strong offensive performance by a handful of Trojans.

The Trojans were led by senior guard Jack Tilley with 18 points while senior guard Corey Hart contributed 16.

Biddeford was led by junior forward Caleb Ball with 10 points.

The Trojans’ offense came out fast and explosive, controlling the pace of the game early on as well as the possession battle.

TA began on a 7-0 run and finished the first quarter up 21-7.

The TA guards immediately took control of the game, shooting five 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, two coming from Tilley and two coming from senior guard Benjamin Lambert.

Biddeford managed to tighten their defense from beyond the arc, and in the neutral zone, however the Trojans were still able to find their way to the hoop.

The second quarter was filled with many big plays by the Trojans, including an impressive layup by Hart that sent him diving to the ground and a basket off of a midcourt steal by Tilley.

TA junior Austin Robinson also got involved, pulling off a spin move into a fade away jumper for two in the final minute of the half.

TA’s Hart came out strong in the second half, putting the Trojans on his back early on, scoring six of their first eight points. The Tigers continued to play tighter defense, but were unable to stop the Trojans’ attack.

The fourth quarter began with two 3-pointers from Lambert, essentially putting the game out of reach for Biddeford.

Both teams began digging into their benches, but the Trojans continued to dominate the remaining quarter.

TA coach Robert Davies was excited to get his subs in the mix and was pleased with their effort.

“We have good depth, we have a lot of good young talent so it’s good to have games like this where they can get in,” said Davies. “They deserve to get in there, they work so hard at practice so it’s good to get them some time.”

TA finished strong, going on a 9-0 run to end the fourth quarter and seal the victory.

Davies was happy with his team’s performance, regardless of the final score.

“It’s not about how much you win by, it’s all about getting the W and we did that tonight,” said Davies. “We played very unselfish team basketball and we did it right from the get go. It was a very enjoyable game for our fans to watch.”

Davies felt that his guards’ shooting success came from patience and smart decision making.

“They shot well and it was because they took the right shots. They played together and took the extra pass to make those shots. It was fun to watch,” said Davies.

Davies was satisfied with his team’s offensive performance, but believes that defensive improvements will be necessary moving forward.

“We played good but we need to keep playing good team defense. We need to rebound and stay in our lanes. If we continue to do those things we will keep getting better going forward,” said Davies.

Sports Staff Writer Alex Sponseller can be reached at sports@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @ JournalTsports.

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