CARTHAGE — Strong play off the bench and long-bombs from 3-point land proved to come up big for the Troup Tigers in 66-58 win over the Jefferson Bulldogs in a Class 2A Region II bi-district win Tuesday at Bulldog Gymnasium.
Marcus Kincade came off the bench with five second-quarter points to spark a 21-6 spurt after Troup trailed 19-16 with one period complete.
The team-specialty of 3-point shooting was in evidenced with the Tigers draining seven in the first half — back-to-backers by Hunter Carson and a buzzer-beating trey from Richard ‘Chick’ Lacy — to give Troup its largest lead of the game, 37-25, at the halftime break.
Jefferson made a run to close it back within 43-39 until Lacy busted two more treys to push the Tiger lead back to 52-37 at the two-minute mark of the third period.
“I thought our kid’s rallied around each other and it was a total team effort tonight,” said Troup first-year coach Jody Sorrells. “We played about as well as we have played in a few weeks and that was good to see.”
Lacy led all scorers in the game with 23 points while teammates Hunter Clark and Bradly Stewart were in double-digits with 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Bulldogs were paced by Terrance Whitaker’s 19 points. Jefferson point guard David Police scored 14 and Devonte Singleton rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points in a losing effort.
Jefferson ends the season with an 18-12 record while Troup (22-10) advances to play Palestine-Westwood.
Class 2A, Region II Boys
At Bulldog Gymnasium, Carthage
Troup 66, Jefferson 58
Jefferson 19 6 14 19 — 58
Troup 16 21 16 16 — 66
JEFFERSON — David Police, 14; LaDarius Holt, 1; Terrance Whitaker, 19; Devin Hodge, 3; D’Vonte Hood, 3; Devonte Singleton, 10; Jonathan Mathis, 2; Cordarryl Hale, 6.
TROUP — Richard Lacy, 23; Hunter Clark, 13; Bradly Stewart, 10; Marcus Kincade, 5; Shaquille Rollins, 4; Chance Selvidge, 2; Wes Thompson, 8.
THREE-POINT GOALS – J: Police, Hodge, Hood. T: Lacy 3, Clark 3, Stewart 2, Kincade..
RECORDS — Jefferson 18-12. Troup 22-10.
NEXT UP — Jefferson season over. Troup plays Palestine-Westwood, area round, TBD.