By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
December 13, 2013
The Troup Tigers find themselves in the midst of a winning streak.
With Friday’s 82-67 victory over visiting Bowdon, the Tigers (3-1) have won three straight games since a season-opening loss to Harris County.
In Friday’s game, Jamal Wilkerson poured in 23 points, and 13 players scored to help Troup earn the comfortable win.
Head coach Paul Brewer was glad to be able to clear the bench and get everyone some playing time.
“From one to 15, everyone of these kids works hard every day. They do,” Brewer said. “It was good to get them in there. Their buddies were cheering for them. Their mommas were glad.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 11-0 lead, but by the close of the fourth quarter they were only ahead 13-10.
Troup outscored Bowdon 20-14 in the second period to take a 33-24 lead at the half.
Wilkerson scored 10 of his points in the second quarter, and he made a pair of 3-pointers.
In the third period, Troup took control, outscoring Bowdon 22-11 to go up 55-33 heading into the final quarter.
“Their spirits kind of broke a little bit,” Brewer said.
Even with the starters on the bench for much of the fourth quarter, Troup still scored 27 points.
Ever the coach, though, Brewer saw some things in the fourth period to work on in practice.
“The fun part was, we didn’t block out real well in the fourth quarter, so now we get to come in Monday and we have something to get mad at them about,” Brewer said. “We won by 20, but we didn’t block out.”
Tre Sullivan and Daryl Dunlap each scored 12 points for the Tigers.
“The key is that the kids have bought into it. They’re playing hard,” Brewer said. “That makes it fun. You can make up for a lot of mistakes when you go and play hard.”
In the girls’ game, the Lady Tigers were unable to get much going offensively on the way to a 49-29 loss.
D’Aushanique Sanders led Troup with 14 points, with 12 of those points coming in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers trailed 17-8 after the first quarter, and they only scored two points in the second period to trail 29-10 at the half.
Troup managed just four points in the third period before putting up 15 points in the final quarter.
Since opening the season with a win over Harris County, Troup has dropped three straight.
“We’ve got the physical attributes to play the game, but mentally we’re not grasping the concept,” Troup coach Carla Thornton said. “We had a good game plan, but we don’t execute it. We want them to grow up faster, but at the same time, we have to be patient. It’s not going to happen over night.”
Thornton said one of the biggest problems in Friday’s game was an inability to get rebonds.
“That’s fundamentals,” Thornton said. “We work on that every day in practice, so there’s no excuse why they can’t box out or rebound.”
Troup’s teams will host Alexander on Tuesday in their Region 5-AAAA openers.