Trojans post come-from-behind victory at Granite
PHILIPSBURG – Caleb Parke led Drummond’s fourth-quarter comeback to lift the Trojans over the Prospectors, 49-43.
Trailing 36-29 heading into the final stanza, Parke came alive with solid passing, rebounding and eight of his team-high 15 points. The 20-7 rally turned the tables on host Granite, who had led the game since early in the first period.
DHS Head Coach Levi Parsons had praise for his senior guard who had been battling foul trouble throughout the game.
“We grabbed him when we put him back in there and told him, ‘Hey, you can do it, you can get to the hole. You do it all the time in practice. Now’s your time to shine’ and he really stepped up and did it.”
The Prospectors grabbed a first-quarter lead on the shooting of Hayden Mason, Andrew Tallon and Cayhel White who combined for 15 points. Mason would finish with a game-high 19 which included 10 points in the third quarter.
“We knew it was gonna be a tough game, it's a rival game,” said Mason. “I was impressed by our whole team playing good in a big game. (We) just have to work on mental mistakes."
First year GHS Head Coach Mindy Avila saw places for improvement in the defeat.
“We played great for three-and-a-half quarters and then fizzled out. It was like we forgot how to pass, had silly turnovers, and dumb fouls.
“We missed a lot of free-throws that shouldn't have been missed. Hopefully with a little adjustment we can figure it out.”
Parsons attributed Drummond’s mid-game slump to things internal that manifested themselves on the hardwood.
“Mentally we broke down defensively and gave up a bunch of shots we shouldn’t have because our guys who weren’t supposed to be focused on Hayden (Mason) and Andrew (Tallon) were, so we ended losing track of other guys. They got a lot of baskets they never should have got. (It’s) just one of those things where we forgot our job and we got burned on it for quite a few points.”
Joining Parke in double figures for the Trojans were Colt Parsons with 11 and Sam Bryant with 10.
Drummond – 10/6/13/20 – 49
Granite – 15/9/12/7 – 43
Drummond – CBradshaw 2, CParke 15, Bryant 10, Phillips 6, Goldade 5, Parsons 11
Granite – Pitcher 1, Babbitt 6, Tallon 9, Mason 19, White 8
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Drummond 31, Granite 9
The Trojans took an early lead in the shortened game and never looked back in posting the 22-point margin of victory.
Logan Hauptman led Drummond with nine points with Devlin Coleman adding eight.
Daniel Alley led Granite with six points and Seth Blackstock chipping in the other three.