Trojans handle Tigers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2000

VIDALIA, La. – The Trojans’ fourth quarter surge ended what had been a close game and gave Ferriday a 57-39 win Wednesday over the Sicily Island Tigers in the boys’ bracket of the Vidalia High School Ronnie Brown Invitational Tournament.

The Trojans ended the third quarter with a slight 41-37 edge, but outscored the Tigers 16-2 in the final period.

&uot;We started going to the press to force turnovers,&uot; said Ferriday coach James Davis of the fourth quarter. &uot;Then we went back to man and put pressure on the ball.&uot;

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Jason Scott, who led all scorers with 20 points, put an exclamation point on the quarter with a slam dunk for the final score.

&uot;We just came out in the second half and started playing hard,&uot; Scott said. &uot;Things started happening.&uot;

Ferriday trailed 17-15 after the first quarter, despite out-rebounding Sicily Island 10-2. The Trojans’ domination of the boards began to pay dividends in the second quarter, and Ferriday led 29-26 at the half.

&uot;Rebounds are all Coach wants,&uot; said Scott, who grabbed a game-high 14 boards. &uot;He doesn’t care about how points you make, as long as you get the ball. He teaches rebounds.&uot;

His teaching paid off, as the Trojans had 35 rebounds to Sicily Island’s 19.

Greg Washington led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, 12 of which came from his four three-pointers.

Ferriday’s Derrick Williams added 16 points – nine from three three-pointers – four rebounds and three steals.

The win keeps the Trojans unbeaten at 4-0. The Tigers dropped to 2-3.

Ferriday next faces Winnsboro, who defeated Newellton 72-51 Wednesday. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. today.