Trojans GNRC Champion Noel Buitrago earns the WRAL Extra Effort Award for this week. Buitrago is the repeat 2017 200y individual medley & 100y breaststroke champion for Coach Berube 4-time Champions:
The Trojans survive 89-80 in double OT over Broughton in round two of the NCHSAA 4A Tournament. Garner (27-2) hits clutch after clutch free throw in the second extra frame to wear down the upset minded Caps. Senior captain Alex Reed leads Garner with 26 points with KD Burt adds 22, Demetric Horton 18. Marque Maultsby again stirs the Trojan offense with 10 assists and 10 points for the GNRC Champs. The Trojans shoot a crisp 62% on the night but Broughton stays in range with 10 hits from the arc including a buzzer beater to send the game to a 6th frame. Garner hits just 4-of-14 from three but Horton’s two HUGE one’s in the second extra period sends Garner to the 3rd round for the 3rd consecutive year. Burt has a big time OT with 6 of Garner’s 16 in the final OT. Garner hosts Leesville Road, 75-66 upset winners over Overhills, Saturday 6PM (to be confirmed Friday) at S.Garner Gym
Points: Alex Reed 26, KD Burt 22, Demetric Horton 18, Marque Maultsby 10pts/8 assists, Trayvon Ferrell 7, Omari Harris 4, Donovan Evans 1
NOTES: Senior Alex Reed moves into 6th all-time Garner scoring with 1,357, passing Pro player James Mays (’04); Coach Eddie Gray career win 509th career win; Win extends the Senior Class of 2017 school record with their 84th win
Demetric Horton snags the biggest rebound of his Trojan career on Riverside missed free throw with 1.3 seconds left in Garner 80-78 win in their NCHSAA opener. The Pirates shoot a blistering 68% to threaten the Trojans (26-2) on their home floor where they entered 12-0 this season. KD Burt leads Garner with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Senior captain Alex Reed and Horton 18 points each. Garner uses 25-18 rebound margin to limit second chances but the hot shooting Pirates didn’t need many, including a stellar 6-9 from the arc for the upset bid. The Pirates tie it at 68-68 with 3:40 left before Reed and Trayvon Ferrell drive for two each and 72-68 Garner lead. After a Pirate 3, Corey Marrow dishes to Burt to increase the lead to 74-71 at 1:11 left. Horton BIG 3 from the corner is matched yet again by Riverside to make it 77-74 with 50 seconds to go. Reed FT and a big time fast break slam by Burt give the good guys a margin they need after a terrible foul call on Ferrell on Horton’s clutch block just 1.3 left. The Pirates make just one of three FTs before Horton snags the clinching rebound and send the GNRC Champions to the second round. The 3-seed Garner will host Broughton Thursday night 7PM. Caps upset Hillside 44-42.
Points: KD.Burt 26, Demetric Horton 18, Alex Reed 18, Trayvon Ferrell 7, Omari Harris 4, Donovan Evans 3, Marque Maultsby 2pts/8 assists, Ian Johnson 2
Terrific photos of the Trojans NCHSAA win from The Official Photographer of the Trojans www.kenhallphotography.com
Garrett Capaforte pitches four scoreless innings and Nolan McLean two RBI leads Garner past Triton 5-0 in their 2017 scrimmage opener at Terry Sanford High School. South Carolina commit Xavier Bussey RBI double and hustles home on wild pitch. Noah Kieft RBI scoring Noah Giroux and Tyler Gillespy scores twice for the Trojans. McLean records single and double for his RBI knocks. Chris Roddenberry closes out the win.
Dylan Wheeler & Nolan McLean score on wild pitches in the 7th for 2-0 Garner scrimmage win over Wilmington Ashley. Brett Banks pitches two scoreless innings starting game two, Dillon Mull relieves with two of his own. Eric Rodriguez records an inning and Wheeler finishes off to get the win in Garner’s last at bat for the 2-0 day.
Top-seed Garner takes care of business with their 79-50 thrashing of Knightdale to win the 2017 GNRC Tournament Championship at Campbell. The Trojans head into the NCHSAA 4A Playoffs with 25-2 record and unblemished 17-0 vs conference foes. Coach Eddie Gray wins his 17th conference title and 60th consecutive win over conference opponents. Alex Reed completes his GNRC career with 23 points and KD Burt posts his 12th double-double of the season with 20 points, 13 rebounds. Trayvon Ferrell tallies 13 & Demetric Horton hits four big 3’s for his 12 points. Marque Maultsby stirs the Trojan offense again with 9 big assists to go with his 6 points. Garner bolts to an insurmountable lead with another huge 3rd period, their trademark this season, out-scoring the 3rd seed Knights 27-12 and follow it with 20-11 final period to put the Championship away. The fierce Trojan press causes 15 second half turnovers from Knightdale and pressure on the boards results in 29-21 rebound margin. Garner out-shoots the Knights 56%-48% for the game after Knightdale held a shooting and rebound margin at the break. Horton’s work from the arc kept Garner up with a lead they did not trail after halftime. Coach Gray enjoys his career win #507. The Champs await their opponent for the NCHSAA opener Feb. 21st, to be announced this weekend.
GNRC Tournament Championship
Points: Alex Reed 23, KD Burt 20pts/13 rebounds, Trayvon Ferrell 13, Demetric Horton 12, Marque Maultsby 6pts/9 assists, Keion White 4, Mehki Townes 1
NOTES: Trojans win their 60th straight win over GNRC opponents; Coach Eddie Gray 507-198, his 17th conference title in 27th season; KD Burt moves into 17th all-time in Garner history, passing DaMetrius Upchurch (’09) with 779 career points; Senior Alex Reed extends his record 110 varsity games played, sits 7th all-time on the scoring list; 5 consecutive games +25 point margin, school record (1/24-2/4/2014 previous mark); 29-point win despite season low 6 point 2nd period; 1136 days since Garner lost to a conference opponent
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Top-seed Garner easily handles the 5-seed Clayton 99-69 to advance to the Tournament title game at Campbell University Thursday night 8PM. Coach Eddie Gray’s Trojans (24-2) claim their 59th straight matchup vs conference opponent and 16th of this season, with 68% shooting and holding the Comets to 36% with 14 turnovers. Bolting to 48-29 halftime lead allows the whole roster to play at least 5 minutes each. Alex Reed 16 points in career game 109 leads the balanced attack. Trayvon Ferrell scores 12 & Omari Harris 10 & KD Burt 10 points 8 rebounds for the regular season champs who will play Knightdale, 62-51 winners over Rolesville. Marque Maultsby adds 8 assists with his 7 points.
Points: Alex Reed 16, Trayvon Ferrell 12, Omari Harris 10, KD Burt 10, Demetric Horton 9, Keion White 8, Corey Marrow 8, Marque Maultsby 7, Mehki Townes 7, Donovan Evans 4, Milan Harrison 4, Wellington Guzman 2, Ian Johnson 2.
Coach Derick Goffena’s 2017 Trojans
Seniors – Gallogly, Giroux, Guzman, Rodriguez, R. Wheeler
Juniors – Bussey, Carawan, Chamra, Davis, Gillespy, Kieft, Mull, C. Roddenberry, Stephens, Wilkins
Sophomores – Banks, A. Bloom, Brittain, Capaforte, J. Carawan, Edwards, Parker, Ward, D. Wheeler
Freshmen – C. Bloom, Brown, Grimmett, Hamling, Lee, McLean, Morrera, Mitchell, Norris, Z. Roddenberry
The top-seed Trojans make short work of #8-seed W.Johnston 85-46 in senior Alex Reed’s school record 108th varsity game. Reed surpasses Julius Barnes 2015 total, as the only two players in Garner history to log +100 games at the varsity level. KD Burt explodes for 22 points in just 15 minutes of action as Coach Eddie Gray uses the whole bench. Omari Harris 12 points (6-6 from the field) and Reed scores 8 with 6 rebounds. Burt matches the 6 rebound total to lead 12 players with at least a point/assist or rebound. Garner (23-2) forces 24 Wildcat turnovers and destroy the bottom seed 33-14 on the boards in their 58th consecutive win over conference opponent. They advance to Tuesday night semifinal vs Clayton, 84-83 2OT winners over SE Raleigh. The other semifinal will feature Rolesville vs Knightdale. The Rams blast E.Wake 74-54 & Knightdale 62-57 over Harnett. They will play the 7:30PM game at S.Garner
Greater Neuse Conference Tournament
Points: KD Burt 22, Omari Harris 12, Milan Harrison 9, Marque Maultsby 8, Alex Reed 8, Demetric Horton 7, Trayvon Ferrell 6, Mehki Townes 6, Keion White 4, Donovan Evans 3.
NOTES: Garner defeats W.Johnston for the 18th straight time and 3rd straight GNRC Tournament opener; Reed’s 108th varsity game tops Julius Barnes 107 total from the 2015 State Championship season. Coach Eddie Gray career record 504-198 & improves to 11-0 at S.Garner.