DuPont Manual handed Trigg County their first loss of the season, a 60-51 setback Friday in the Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout at Lexington Catholic High School.
The most glaring statistic was Trigg County’s 19 turnovers that led to 24 Manual points.
“You can’t have that against a team like Manual,” Chumbler said. “I still think we are a better team than they are, but you can’t beat people when you have that many turnovers.”
Not helping matters was Trigg County’s travel itinerary, which saw them arrive in Lexington with enough time to check into their hotel and then head over to the gym for their 5 p.m. game.
“We didn’t practice Thursday because of the weather and then the long trip on the bus didn’t help us at all. We just came out flat,” Chumbler said.
Trigg shot just 40-percent from the field in the first half in falling behind 27-21 at intermission.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Crimsons 32-29, but only had seven offensive rebounds.
Trigg County found the perimeter game tough to get going against the Crimsons, hitting just 4-of-10 shots from behind the arc.
Manual enjoyed a healthy advantage at the free throw line, connecting on 12-of-20 (60-percent) compared to Trigg’s 5-of-7. The Wildcats didn’t visit the charity stripe in the first half.
Russell Mackins led the Wildcats with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jeremy Jones added 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Rodney Davis also scored 12 points.
Tra’h Moore, a 6-4 senior, led DuPont Manual (3-1) with 15 points and six rebounds, and Drew Smith added 13 points.
The game was Trigg’s first ever against Manual and their first against a Jefferson County public school in 22 years. Trigg County lost to Fern Creek 62-47 in the Todd County Christmas Invitational in 1983. The Wildcats have posted a 5-2 record against Louisville private schools since then.