’Jackets, Lions shoot through quarterfinals
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:00 pm
Tony Robinson put on a 3-point clinic in the second period to lead No. 4 seed Greenfield past fifth-seeded Trenton 66-50 in the quarterfinals of the District 14A Tournament Wednesday night at Greenfield.
The Yellowjackets will now take on Lake County Friday night at Trenton in the semifinals.
Robinson shared the game-high 22 points with teammate Heath Crouse and Tyler Gadlen of the Golden Tide. Robinson scored 19 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers. His first trey was also the first points of the game.
Greenfield outscored Trenton 11-6 in the first period, thanks the defense and five turnovers by Trenton. The ’Jackets outscored the Golden Tide 20-9 in the second period with the assist of Robinson’s 14 points in the period.
“Our guys were ready because they knew what this meant — win or go home for the year,” Greenfield head coach Peter Angelos said. “It was the first half that carried us. Tony was great. He has been doing this for us all year long, but that was his best game. It was a good time to have your best game.”
Robinson hit back-to-back threes to end the first half.
The second half saw both teams fighting to get an advantage. Trenton tried to make a comeback, but Greenfield would not be denied as the ’Jackets matched the Tide virtually point-for-point in the half. Both teams scored 13 in the third and 22 in fourth.
Eight of those 22 points in the fourth came from Graham Perkins, who had 12 in the game.
Angelos credited everyone who played for the win afterwards.
“Everybody played well, and everybody who played contributed,” Angelos said. “That was one of Graham’s better games as well. He really played well. Everybody stepped up and it was a great team effort.”
Six of the eight who played for the Yellowjackets scored.
The Yellowjackets are now guaranteed to play three more games as they qualify for the regional tournament.
Greenfield improves to 14-11, while Trenton’s season comes to an end with a 12-15 overall record.
This was also the first time Greenfield has won against Trenton this season. The Golden Tide defeated the Yellowjackets both times during the regular season.
“They have been a tough matchup for us,” Angelos said. “They are well coached and they have two guards who can really play. There are other guys besides them who are pretty good, too. They did a good job against us this year. It is hard to beat a team three times in a row during a year. So maybe that had something to do with it.”
Dresden 71, Gleason 36
The top-seeded Lions proved worthy of their status as District 13A regular season champion by overcoming a first-quarter deficit against their Weakley County rivals.
Dresden now gets three more games, including a Region 7A Tournament berth, based on the win, while Gleason ends its season.
The Lions will play Bruceton in the semifinal round 6 p.m. Friday at Clarksburg.
Austin Daniel and Gatlin Hatchel secured Dresden’s spot in the semifinals by leading a 25-point outburst in the second quarter.
Their team trailing 12-10 after one period, Daniel and Hatchel combined for 18 points.
Each hit three field goals, Hatchel with a 3-pointer, and Daniel added three free throws in the run.
The Lions led 35-18 at the half and then outscored Gleason 20-8 in the third period as Joseph Sipes hit a trey and scored eight points in the quarter.
Daniel finished with 18 points to lead three Dresden players in double figures. Sipes added 11 points, and Tyler McPeak had 10.
Alex Hahn topped the Bulldogs with 15 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Published in The WCP 2.16.12