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Feb 23

Trojans race to 88-65 win in NCHSAA opener

The Defending 4A Champions open with a 38-11 first period in their 2016 NCHSAA 4A Tournament opener, concluding with an 88-65 win over Wilmington Ashley. The Eagles suffer 5 turnovers in their first eight minutes and the Trojans convert them into 71% shooting, dashing to 57-27 halftime lead. Senior captain Nick Kuhns scores 16, KD Burt 15 & Thomas Allen 13 in just over 20 minutes before Coach Eddie Gray turns the second half over to the able Garner reserves. The good guys shoot a sizzling 71% in each half and claim 28-20 rebound margin, lead by 8 for Alex Reed. Garner (26-2) incurs just 4 turnovers through 3 quarters while Ashley is forced into 17 for the night. The only downside stat-wise was a 10-25 free throw night. Twelve Garner players score as they advance to play Cap-8 foe Broughton Thursday night in round two. Garner hosts the Caps 7PM at Trojan Colisem. $6 admission (no Trojan passes for post-season games.)

2016 NCHSAA 4A bracket-2.

Garner 88,
Ashley 65

1st Round State Playoffs

ASH 11 16 24 14 65
GAR 38 19 17 14 88

Points: Nick Kuhns 16, KD Burt 15, Thomas Allen 13, Andrew Abrom 9, Marque Maultsby 6, Davon Newton 5, Alex Reed 5, Demetric Horton 4, Trayvon Ferrell 4, Keion White 4, Javonte Sims 3, Omari Harris 2.

Photo gallery courtesy of Johnny Johnson (’71) & the N&O

Trojan Sports Network archive broadcast: http://nhsbn.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?ptype=sl&id=4B1ABC4E3D

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