“It’s special for our school because it’s been a long time,” said ASD head coach Patrick Robinson. “It was a great crowd that all came together for support. (TCC) has a great basketball program, and it’s great to beat them like that because they’ve always been our rival.”
ASD’s sharp-shooting Trey Gordon led the team with 29 points, including six free throws.
“It’s a feeling that can’t be beat,” the senior said. “I can’t explain it. It feels so good. Before the season started I predicted we’d win the area championship. To see all the hard work and team work pay off is amazing.”
ASD had little trouble putting TCC away. The first quarter was dominated by the Silent Warriors, who opened the game with a commanding 17-4 lead thanks to the help of Gordon and Co.
TCC missed a scoring opportunity in the closing seconds of the first quarter with two missed free throws. However, the Fighting Tigers cut the lead to six at 24-18 with less than four minutes remaining in the half with a bucket by Terrell Garrett, which forced an ASD timeout.
But moments later the Silent Warriors stormed back with eight unanswered points. Joshua Eatmun hit a jumper and Gordon sunk back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 32-18.
It was the turning point in the game, and TCC never recovered.
After taking a 36-24 lead into the locker room, ASD put the hurt on in the second half.
With 1:34 remaining in the third quarter, ASD held a 57-39 lead when TCC was called for a technical foul. Gordon made both free throws, and Chris Carson hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put the game out of reach at 62-39.
The Fighting Tigers saw its deficit swell to 31 points in the fourth quarter, but managed to cut the lead to 16 points by the end of the game.
Kadarius Slaughter finished with 14 points and Demetric Snyder put up 12 points for the Silent Warriors.
Kendarius Swain led the Fighting Tigers with 15 points, while Tevin Garrett had 13 and Tyree Garrett had 12 in the losing effort.
“Our kids fought hard and did the best they could,” said TCC head coach Cornelious Brown. “All and all I’m proud of our effort. We’ve accomplished a lot of things this season. I want to congratulate coach Robinson because I’m happy for his team and the ASD family.”
After the game Robinson praised the play of his star senior.
“(Trey) comes to practice every day,” Robinson said. “He’s the first one on the floor and the last one to leave. We’ve been together for four years. He works hard.”
With the win, ASD advances to play Holy Spirit at home Friday in the first round of the Class 1A central sub-regional playoffs.
“I think we can go all the way,” Gordon said. “As long as we believe in ourselves, we can do anything.”
TCC will face Parkview on the road Friday, a team they split two games with this season. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.