Trojan boys keep livin’ on the edge; beat Charlo 58-56
Drummond – Drummond boys basketball games are quickly becoming chancy events for those that are faint of heart.
The Trojans fell behind early and scrapped their way back to a 58-56, last-second victory over the Charlo Vikings Thursday night on a last second basket by senior Brody Rasor. The win kicks off three straight games of a weekend set which will follow with a road stop in Philipsburg Friday before returning home Saturday to face Victor.
The game opened with Charlo on fire and Drummond looking that hadn’t even been introduced to each other yet. When the first eight minutes were over, the Vikings led 19-4 and were looking to get more. And at 6:54 in the second, Charlo extended that advantage 25-7 – an 18 point margin.
“I don’t know,” said DHS Boys Head Coach Levi Parsons. “We came out and we overlooked a team and were overly confident. We just made mistake after mistake. Our defense was 50%, We allowed all kinds of uncontested shots that they knocked down and we didn’t get a hand up.
“They shot the lights out, and its hard to watch a team that can shoot well not be defended.”
The Trojans started playing better in the second quarter, but not until there were about three minutes gone. They posted a 23-16 run as halftime approached that cut the lead to eight. Drummond picked up two more in the third, but needed a 17-8 run in the fourth to earn the win.
With Charlo up 56-54, Trey Phillips grabbed a Michael James miss and was fouled trying to put the ball back in the hoop. He calmly stepped to the line and sank both charity shots to knot the score with 23.6 seconds to play.
As the Vikings inbounded the ball and tried to break the Drummond press, Jacon Tomlin committed a traveling violation with 17.2 ticks remaining.
The Trojans moved the ball around the perimeter until senior Scott Parke got a reverse layup opportunity; much like the one he beat Harrison with 12 days earlier. But ball caromed off the rim and into the hands of a soaring Brody Rasor. The Drummond point guard jumped toward the rim and scored with one second on the clock.
Charlo got one more look at the basket, but the shot fell short and the Trojans were victorious.
Rasor led all scorers in the game with 21 points, with Parke adding 16. Phillips scored nine and had 10 rebounds.
The Drummond Boys JV has to hold off a late charge by the visiting Vikings, pulling off a 63-58 win. Michael Goettle led the locals with 16 points and Devlin Coleman close behind with 15. In all, 10 of the 12 rostered players for the locals got into the scorebook.
Charlo – 19/16/12/8 – 56
Drummond – 4/23/14/17 – 58
Charlo – Hollow 14, Cox 18, Smith 3, Tomlin 6, Enman 3, Anderson 10, Sharbono 2
Drummond – Rasor 21, Parke 16, James 6, Graveley 6, Phillips 9
The Lady Trojans opened a 13-point lead in the first quarter that turned out to be the winning margin.
“They (Charlo) do a pretty good job of running a half-court trap press,” said DHS Girls Head Coach Logan Wilson. “They’ve got athletes and they can go on runs. And it basketball you go on runs. We had one early and as it happens, they came back with one and our our girls responded. All in all did handle adversity and pressure well tonight.”
After the 17-4 first period, Drummond played the Lady Vikings even in the second. Charlo’s big move came after halftime, where they outscored the locals 11-7 in the third. But the Lady Trojans clamped down in the game’s final stanza, using a 19-14 run to secure the win.
Remington Cline finished with a team-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. Despite suffering a scratch that caused her to change jerseys mid-game, senior Lexi Nelson scored 15 that included a trio of three pointers.
Wilson looked ahead at what he thought his team needed to be successful in the season.
“We’re just approaching every single game as though we’re going up against the number one team in the state because we can’t afford to get complacent,” observed Wilson. “Complacency has been a problem with this group of girls in volleyball and in general over the last few years. They have a tendency to feel comfortable, and then they do that they take their foot off the gas.
The Lady Trojans and the rest of the Drummond hoopsters will head to Philipsburg Friday night to take on Granite. Games start at 4:30.
The Drummond Girls JV squad found the going tougher in their game, falling to the Lady Vikings 37-16. Piper Wetsch had a team-high seven points while twin sister Kameron added four. Natalie Graveley (3) and Hazel Sawfer (1) rounded out the scoring.
Charlo – 4/7/11/14 – 36
Drummond – 17/7/6/19 – 49
Charlo – Matt 5, Kain 20, SMcDonald 5, Zemple 6
Drummond – Parsons 8, Nelson 15, Parke 8, RCline 17, CCline 1