Despite some last minute heroics in the fourth quarter, the Trojans Men’s basketball team were unsuccessful in pulling off a victory against the Briercrest Clippers, losing 87-71.
The Trojans hosted on SAIT’s Campus Centre gym on Jan. 26.
“We were down 24 at one point, and we challenged them in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Michael Stevens. “To our credit, we brought that lead all the way back down to nine.”
After losing 77-90 to the Clippers on Jan. 25, the Trojans kicked off the next day neck-and-neck with the second-ranked team in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). The first quarter ended with the teams tied at 20-20.
Trojan’s head coach Michael Stevens summed up the strategy of the Clippers very simply: “Divide and conquer.”
Things quickly turned around in the second quarter in favour of the Clippers, who took a significant lead over the Trojans.
“We got frustrated. We got really frustrated,” said Stevens.
The Trojans were outscored by the Clippers in the second and third quarters 26-17 and 24-10 respectively.
One could tell the mood on the bench even from the other side of the court.
The Men of Troy urged their team with desperate cries of “defence” , but as the minutes went by mistakes were made and the Clippers kept adding points.
Soon there was silence from the Trojan’s bench.
“Guys were missing shots they normally hit, and they were getting frustrated with each other,” said Stevens.
The Trojan’s are now sitting with a record of 6-10, and will need to win at least two of the next four games to maintain their spot for the ACAC playoffs.
The Trojans were to face the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (7-7) for a weekend doubleheader Feb. 1-2. On Friday, Feb. 1 they play in Medicine Hat and Saturday, Feb. 2 at SAIT’s Campus Centre gym.