CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Trailblazers came up short in the final minutes of the 1st Round of the River States Conference tournament. Falling to Asbury University 87-77.
The 1st Half would prove to be an absolute grind for both teams with solid offensive and defensive efforts from both groups. Neither team would find a lead greater than 4 in the 1st half, but the Trailblazers would take a 1 point lead going into the break.
"I thought our guys came out ready to compete," said Head Coach Casey Coons, "We spent a lot of time on how we wanted to defend their personnel within their actions and I think we did a solid job of that, for the most part. Offensively, when we moved the ball and were aggressive in our skill sets we got some pretty good looks. I was proud of how hard our guys fought and the energy that we played with for 40 minutes."
The 2nd half would prove to be no different. Through the first 10 minutes of play, Asbury would take a 4 point edge over Ohio Christian. The Trailblazers would continue to fight as Devon Miller (FR/Grove City, OH) grabbed an offensive rebound and layed it in, giving them a 1 point lead with 7:13 to play. The Eagles would quickly answer back with back-to-back 3-pointers giving them a 5 point lead.
The Trailblazers continued to fight, but sadly came up short in the end. The Asbury Eagles advance to the 2nd round of the River States Conference tournament, ending the season for the Trailblazers.
"We have a great group of guys that want to grow and are going to continue to put in the work. I'm proud of how our guys handled so much adversity in such a weird season. We're extremely proud of our senior, Gabe Casey (SR/West Jefferson, OH), for the value he's added to our program on and off the court and we're excited to bring the rest of our roster back next year." - Coach Casey
The Trailblazer starting 5 would all score in the double digits, led by Devon Miller with 17 (Lowe 15, Burns 13, Woods 12, Barksdale 11).
The Eagles would be led offensively by Nick Fort (27 pts, 8 reb) and Eric Powell (26 pts, 5 reb).
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