Boys finish 3-1
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County won its first three games of the Kentucky Machine & Engineering Christmas Classic before losing 71-51 to Clarksville (Tenn.) Academy last Wednesday night.

Tuesday, the Wildcats opened their day with a 60-45 win over Butler County and ended it with a 66-60 defeat of Dawson Springs. Those victories came after Trigg topped Caldwell County 66-57 last Monday on the opening day of Trigg’s holiday round-robin.

Against Butler, Trigg got off to a slow start, trailing by five after an early three-pointer by Dylan Goodall. The deficit was short-lived however, as the ‘Cats then went on a 31-7 run capped by a Jaylan Mount jumper that gave Trigg its largest lead of the contest at 34-15 at the start of the third quarter.

Butler then reeled off 13 straight points, but Trigg regained control, never leading by less than six the rest of the way and pushing the gap back to 19 late in the fourth quarter after a three-point play by Zeke Wright and a basket by Jalik Alexander.

Alexander and Jaylan Mount scored 13 apiece to lead Trigg, followed by Wright’s 11.

Against Dawson Springs, Trigg survived a late-game scare fueled by Brett Cobb’s 42 points. The Wildcats won 66-60.

Trigg never trailed by more than a two-point gap in the first quarter, led 40-29 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 51-36 midway through the third quarter after two free throws by Wright.

From there, however, the Panthers made things interesting with a 24-12 run that cut the ‘Cats’ lead to 63-60 with 23 seconds left. Two foul shots by Mitch Rogers and one by Mount after a rebound of Dawson’s final shot accounted for the final score.

Cobb also grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds.

Four ‘Cats scored in double figures – Mount with a team-high 14, Alexander and Javin Grubbs with 13 each and Wright with 11. Wright recorded a double-double, also grabbing 10 boards.

In the finale of the three-day event, Clarksville Academy lived up to Trigg head coach Mike Wright’s billing as the Classic’s top team with a 71-51 win over the host Wildcats.

Trigg trailed 25-4 after the first quarter and 45-12 at halftime, but the ‘Cats made the score more respectable with a 39-26 second half advantage.

Clarksville brothers Malcom and Martin Smith dominated the contest, combining for 39 points (Malcom with 20, Martin 19) and 25 rebounds (Malcom with 13, Martin 12).

Trigg was led by Alexander’s 17 and another 11-point effort from Wright.
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