CLARKSBURG — Notre Dame hosted Trinity last evening in the Course A, Area II, Portion I championship and it was all the things you’d be expecting and a small far more. The two teams traded blows back again and forth in a defensive battle just before the No.6 Warriors finished the recreation on a 7- operate, capped off by a 3-pointer from Joel Robertson on the correct wing off an guide from Briston Bennett with 4.8 seconds remaining, to just take out the Course A No. 2 Battling Irish 36-34 and just take residence the sectional title.
“Coach (Brandon) Staley truly drew that enjoy up to clear the correct facet,” TCS mentor John Fowkes mentioned referring to Robertson’s shot.
“We preferred Briston to generate to the lane and for the corner guy to aid off of Joel. We informed Briston he would possibly have Daniel (Woods) for a layup or you’ll have Joel for a 3. He dished it out to Joel and the relaxation is historical past.”
Robertson finished the recreation with 13 details, together with three 3-pointers, and finished as the only Warrior to split double figures in the victory. Jaidyn West led the Battling Irish with 12 details in the decline.
ND held the Warriors to a seasonlow 36 details, but their 34 details were a period very low as very well as the two teams struggled to uncover any rhythm offensively.
Each teams also struggled from the free of charge toss line, as ND shot just 8-15 from the charity strike while the Warriors strike just 4-8.
“We played pretty superior protection until finally the last number of possessions,” ND mentor Jarrod West mentioned.
“Offensively, we did not execute, we skipped layups and skipped entrance ends of a person and kinds. I simply cannot say just about anything else about it, you simply cannot score 34 details at residence and be expecting to get.”
TCS jumped out to a 19-13 guide late in the first 50 percent as the Warriors strike four of their 5 3-pointers in the first 50 percent. West would capitalize on a 3-point enjoy the aged-fashioned way just just before the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to just 3 details.
West opened the second 50 percent by tallying two of his three assists while also scoring on a generate as ND crept within a person at 23-22 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Nathan Helm then employed his toughness to energy within for a layup to give the Battling Irish their first guide due to the fact the opening minutes as ND entered the fourth quarter hanging on to a 28-25 guide.
The Warriors answered with a 5- operate just before Gabe Zummo intercepted a pass from TCS’s Josh Hart’s and easily scored to give ND the guide back again with 4:12 to enjoy.
West’s jumper with 2:30 to enjoy pushed the guide to three details. Right after the Battling Irish compelled a Warrior turnover, West nailed two free of charge throws as ND appeared to be in manage up by 5 with 2:09 to enjoy.
That when TCS designed their ultimate operate.
Bennett strike two out of three free of charge throws just after currently being fouled on a 3-pointer just before Woods scored within to cut the guide to a person point with 40.9 second to enjoy.
The Warriors were compelled to foul, and Zummo skipped the a person and a person, placing up Robertson’s recreation-successful three that helped avenge the Warriors’ two standard period losses towards the Battling Irish.
ND, now 20-4 total, will travel to Tucker County on Thursday in the Area II co-ultimate. The winner will progress to the Course A state match in Charleston.
The Battling Irish defeated TC 83-73 and 68-58 in the standard period.
“People go up there and they toss data out, its all about tradition there,” West mentioned of TC.
“We’ve played them two times, we know what they’re heading to do and they know what we’re heading to do. We just have to come out and execute.”
TCS, now 19-5, will host Pendleton County the same evening in the other co-ultimate recreation.
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