In the holiday spirit of giving
The Calvert Trojans returned to action and looked every bit like a team that has been off for 5 days. Playing in the Mumford Cotton Christmas Classic, they opened tournament play with a 92-79 loss to Big Sandy. It was a game that was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. Calvert would either lead or stay within 3 points until a cold shooting spell and uncharacteristic turnovers would seal their fate, late in the 3rd. The smooth passing, up tempo pace and 3-point shooting of the Big Sandy Wildcats was too much for Calvert. The Trojans missed numerous easy shots, committed to many turnovers and had lapses on the defensive end that led to easy baskets for Big Sandy, as they showed their Christmas Spirit by giving the ball away. Led by Jalen Abbey’s 36 points, the Wildcats pulled away from the Trojans in the 3rd quarter after Calvert had taken a 45-43 lead into halftime, on a 9-0 spurt to end the quarter and lead 71-59. Though they would hold their own in the 4th they could not close the gap because of Abbey’s timely 3-point shooting and would lose 92-59. DeRodney Thomas led the Trojans with 26, Anthony Jones had 11, Taron Gipson 12 and William Golden 8 in the loss.
In their 2nd match of the 1st day, Calvert defeated Hearne 55-44 to end the 1st day at 1-1. Sloppy play by Calvert allowed the Eagles a chance to get back in a game they trailed 19-4 after the 1st quarter. That was the best quarter the Trojans would play all day. Hearne would continue to chip in to the Trojan’s lead. Calvert would only manage 2 baskets for the 2nd quarter and would lead by 7 at 23-16 at the half. For much of the 3rd the two teams traded baskets and the lead stayed at 7, 38-31. The Trojans would endure 1 last run by Hearne as the Eagles would close to 3, but a couple of turnovers and missed shots and Trojans conversions late would produce the final results. In the game Calvert was led by Taron Gipson 12, Anthony Jones 14, and Corey Chopp 9.
Calvert had another 1-1 day at the Cotton Christmas Classic and after two days are 2-2. Friday they defeated A&M Consolidated Tigers JV 72-51, as Jones scored 19, Gipson 11, Golden 9, Smith 9, Thomas 9, Chopp 7, and Fletcher 5. Then they lost a nail biter to Aggieland Home School, 52-50. Jones again led the scoring for the Trojans with 16, Gipson 14, Chopp 7, Thomas 6, Smith 3, Golden 2, and Thompson 2. It was a tough loss for the Trojans in a game they were outsized but not out played.
On Saturday Calvert again split their two games defeating Thrall and then losing to Tournament Champion Mumford 84-56. Taron Gipson was the Trojans scoring leader with 20, Thomas added 14, Chopp 11, Fletcher 4, Jones 4, and Golden 3.
It was disappointing results for the Trojans who finished 4th with a 3-3 record. For Calvert it is on to District play when school resumes.
Michael Cotton / Robertson County News
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