TROY & NORTHMONT BATTLE

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Let sleeping dogs lie.  I never fully understood what that meant until tonight's game between Troy and Northmont.  The Thunderbolts came out to play early, but once the Trojans got into a rhythm, there was no looking back as the Trojans beat the Thunderbolts 59-38.

The T-Bolts came out strong and playing with a lot of energy.  The crowd was into it and you could feel the effects of what the Thunderbolts like to call the Thunderdome.  After the first quarter the Bolts were up 18-11.  But that is when the big dog woke up and started to run.

Early in the second quarter Northmont PG Kenny Hayes had to leave the game after being accidentally poked in the eye by a Trojan defender.  At that point, Hayes had accounted for 9 of the Thunderbolts 18 points.  Troy took advantage by pushing up the tempo of the game and using their outstanding combo of Michael Hall and Shane Carter pressure the ball in Hayes absence.  Big man Matt Terwilliger came alive and by the end of the second quarter the Trojans were up 30-25.  They never looked back.

Hayes returned late in the second, but he was held to one free throw the rest of the way.  The Trojans proceeded to clamp down on defense and outscore the T-Bolts 29-13 in the second half.  By the beginning of the fourth quarter the Trojans had the game in hand and under control.  At the beginning of the fourth and with a twelve point lead, the Trojans got possession of the ball and immediately ran a minute off the clock.  That was indicative of the Trojans second half… they seemed to score at will and control the tempo just the same.  That combined with Northmont's ongoing struggles at the free throw line sealed the fate of the Thunderbolts.

Michael Hall finished with 19, including 5 three pointers.  Terwilliger dominated the post logging double digit rebounds and 21 points.  An Ohio State Buckeye recruit, Terwilliger showed why he is considered one of the most highly touted players in the state.  He was able to step out and easily hit the 15 foot jumpshot and still dominate underneath.  The Buckeyes are going to benefit greatly from his heady play and athleticism next year.

Northmont was led in scoring by Kyle Eads, who had 11 points.  Kenny Hayes had 10 and Brendan Heaney had 9.

The Trojans move to 15-1 and 11-0 in the GWOC.  The T-Bolts fall to 13-4 and a 7-3 conference mark.  Tomorrow is the state tournament draw and fans from both schools will be anxiously waiting to see where their team will be playing.  This win almost assures the Trojans of a top seed.

 


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