On Tuesday Jan. 7, the Troy Buchanan boys basketball team took on the Bulldogs of Fort Zumwalt South, and very nearly edged out a victory.
The Bulldogs came out of the gate flying in the first quarter, with players sinking successive three point shots.
But after a timeout called by Troy head coach Tim Gilmore, the Trojans worked their way back into the game. The first half ended with the two teams tied at 32 points.
The game eventually finished tied, 66-66, with Griffin St. Pierre knocking down a shot very late on to send the contest into overtime.
The Bulldogs edged out the Trojans by four points, 74-70.
“Our game versus FZS was a tough one for sure, but the coaching staff was very pleased with the effort to battle back and tie it up to get it to overtime,” Head coach Tim Gilmore said.
He said that one of the main things he wants to see out of his team is the same level of focus and hard work for the entirety of the game, not just in spurts.
“The biggest thing we have to do is to focus from the tip. We gave up twenty-five points in the first quarter, which really hurt us because we had to expend so much energy battling back to tie it up. We talk a lot about four quarters of consistent effort defensively and focus on taking care of the basketball. If we can do that, it will go a long way during the second half of the season,” Gilmore said.
Looking ahead to the Friday, Jan. 10 game against Timberland, Gilmore said that he knows his team will have to fight for every point.
“Timberland will be another conference/district opponent that will make you grind it out to win. They have played a ton of teams close this year so they have been battle tested. We will definitely have to come out ready from the tip,” Gilmore said.