ROCKY POINT – Ambition can often be a good thing unless there comes a time when you bite off a little more than you can chew.
Trask High School basketball Coach Rodney Orr is one of those guys who believes the best way to get your team and your players ready for the conference campaign is to schedule good teams in the pre-conference portion of the year, and see where that takes you.
That is why, when you look at the Titans schedule, you see teams like 4A perennial power – and defending 4A state champion – New Hanover, along with strong 2A teams like Topsail and North Brunswick on the Titans’ schedule along with 2A South Brunswick and 3A West Brunswick on tap in an upcoming tournament around the Christmas holidays.
But it backfired a bit yesterday when Trask welcomed the powerful Wildcats to Titan Town, and the results were anything but positive.
Senior Trevon Brown led all scorers with 25 points as New Hanover raced to a 68-40 win over Trask in the non-conference, regular-season opening game for both teams at Trask.
The Wildcats wasted little time picking up where they left off last year when they finished up with their 67-56 championship-clinching win over West Charlotte in last year’s 4A state final that put the finishing touches on a 30-1 season, by outscoring their hosts 27-10 over the first eight minutes of the game, extending the lead to 44-22 at the intermission, and to 59-30 with one quarter remaining in the game.
Junior Rasheed Brown led the Titans (0-1) with 17 points with Dakari Jackson next in line with six.
The Titans will swing back into action next Wednesday when they head to Leland for a non-conference game against the Scorpions of North Brunswick. The Dixon Bulldogs then come to Rocky Point on Friday (Nov. 30).
NHHS 27-17-15- 9-67
Trask 11-11- 8-10=40
Trask: Rasheed Brown 17, Marcus Porter 4, Matt Sherman 3, Dakari Jackson 6, Tamarack Bolden 3, Dakota McFadden 2, D. J. Love 3, Andrew Chomiczewski 1, Kemodrick James 1. 3-Point Baskets: (T) Rasheed Brown 4.
NHHS: Trevon Brown 25, Bre-Wan Waddell 2, Brad Hitchman 1, Logan Chaucer 6, Nigel Holley 9, Tyree Johnson 4, Deshawn Clariva 6, Donovan Levy 5.