ARGOS — It was a different night and a different venue, but the same result.
After defeating Argos two weeks earlier in the first round of the Bi-County Tournament, the Triton Trojans beat Argos once again, 60-32, on Tuesday night at Phil Weybright gymnasium.
Triton learned a valuable lesson from their previous game against Jimtown and came out in man-to-man defense. That defense helped them jump out to a 12-0 lead to start the game and finish the first quarter up 20-6.
“Last game against Jimtown we came out and played our 1-3-1 and left their shooters wide open and kind of dug ourselves in a hole,” said Triton coach Jason Groves. “We wanted to come out and not let their shooters get open looks and really contest their 3s. That was the reason for playing man tonight. We wanted to get out to a good start and buckle them down defensively, and I thought we did a really good job of that.”
The Triton defense continued to play strong into the second quarter, holding Argos to 25 percent from the field for the first half. The Trojans also registered five blocks in the half, four of them by senior Clay Yeo, and Triton led 31-11 at halftime.
Argos coach Doug Snyder was not pleased with his team’s effort.
“I thought the first half of this game was exactly the same as the first half of the last game we played against them. I’m disappointed with our energy as far as coming out fired up,” he said. “Number one, we were coming off a nice win, and I wanted to carry over some of that energy into tonight. Playing against Triton, I’d like to think our kids would get pumped up to play, especially playing a quality player like Yeo. I didn’t feel like our kids responded.”
The third quarter carried the same trend as Argos was not able to get anything going, and Triton continued to grow its lead with good shooting and tough defense contesting shots. The Trojans shot 51 percent from the field for the game while holding Argos to just 31.4 percent.
“One focus we had was to contain their penetration and contest their shooters,” said Groves. “For the most part, I thought we did a nice job of doing that.”
Argos finally showed some signs of life in the fourth, scoring more points in that quarter than they did in the first three. The Dragons scored 19 in the quarter and received a boost from senior reserve Alex Blum, who nailed a 3 and also hit a couple of free throws, but it was too little, too late as the hole was already too big.
“Alex Blum got us going. With his situation, he can’t play a lot of minutes, but when he scored it gave our team a big lift,” said Snyder. “J.J. Norris and Taylor O’Dell were bumped up from JV, and they are bringing some different energy. I guess the message they are sending to the older kids is that they better be ready and start getting some of that energy.”
With the win, Triton moves to 10-5 on the season and will head to LaVille on Saturday to avenge its two-point loss to the Lancers in the Bi-County tourney. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m.
Argos drops to 4-11 and will head to Caston on Friday, at 7:30 as well.
• TRITON 60,
Score by quarters
Triton: 20 31 44 60
Argos: 6 11 13 32
TRITON (60): Clay Yeo 26, Tanner Shepherd 16, Cody Shively 8, Bryson Mosier 3, Skyler Reichert 3, Joey Corder 2, Seth Glingle 2, Bryce Wanemacher 0, Trenton Cooper 0, Drew Mosson 0, Dillon Meadway 0; Totals: 25 7-9 60
ARGOS (32): Taylor Ogle 7, Dominic Cataldo 7, Taylor O’Dell 6, Alex Blum 5, Ben Carter 4, Ricky Rice 2, Max Bailey 1, Casey Johnson 0, Brian Snyder 0, J.J. Norris 0; Totals: 11 4-11 32
3-pointers: Triton 3 (Yeo 2), Argos 6 (Cataldo 2, O’Dell 2); Rebounds: Triton 36 (Yeo 14, Glingle 6, Corder 3, Shively 3), Argos 19 (Ogle 5, Rice 3, Norris 3); Turnovers: Triton 11, Argos 12; Assists: Triton 14 (Yeo 3, Shively 3), Argos 6 (Ogle 3); Steals: Triton 6 (Shepherd 3, Glingle 2), Argos 6 (Ogle 3, Bailey 2); Blocks: Triton 5 (Yeo 4, Corder), Argos 2 (Rice, Carter); Fouls (fouled out): Triton 16 (Shively) Argos 11 (none).
Records: Triton 10-5, Argos 4-11