Grainger holds off comeback attempt by Creech and Trojans
Grainger’s Darvel Walker sails for a shot against Morristown West’s Darius Mathis (4) on Saturday in Rutledge.
RUTLEDGE — The run that Grainger coach Derrick Combs and Morristown West coach Derek Creech both expected from the Trojans in Saturday night’s contest in the Grizzly Den finally took place in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for the visitors by then.
The Trojans fell behind by 19 points in the fourth before rallying to cut the deficit to 6 three different times, but they never got closer in a 58-52 loss to Grainger.
With the win, the Grizzlies avenged their earlier loss to the Trojans and improved to 15-8 on the year.
The loss dropped West to 11-11 on the season.
“We knew they would come out strong in the second half and make a run, and they did that,” Combs said of West’s rally. “They made a run right out of the locker room to begin the third quarter, but we responded and built the lead to 19. I knew West would have another run in them, but we were able to hold them off.
“I’m proud of our guys. They played hard and kept fighting and battling, and they did a good job against a good West team. I have a lot of respect for coach Creech and what he does at West.”
Creech said his team found their stroke too late to dig out of the hole.
“We didn’t make much in the first half and really put ourselves in a deep hole,” Creech said.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor