Trojans advance in Fla. tourney

By Chris Slone

December 27, 2013

Chris Slone

PDT Sports Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. —In a first round contest of the KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament, the Portsmouth Trojans defeated the Cinnaminson Pirates 55-34.

Ky’re Allison scored 18 points in the Trojans’ winning effort. The 6-foot-1-inch sophomore was a consistent threat for Portsmouth, posting nine points in each half.

“He’s (Allison) been consistent for us,” Portsmouth coach Gene Collins said. “He’s averaging 20 points per game for us. He had a consistent game today. He’s just steady overall. He leads us in scoring, leads us in rebounding. He’s just consistent.”

Kendal Reynolds was the other Trojan player to score in double figures, as he finished the game with 12 points. The 6-foot-4-inch junior scored eight points after the intermission.

“(Reynolds) just makes plays for us,” Collins said. “He finished around the basket with a nice soft touch. He can step out and shoot it. And because teams put so much pressure on Ky’re, he’s able to give us a boost offensively. And being a young kid, he’s got a promising future for us.”

Isiaha Lisath hit three three-point field goals to finish the game with nine points.

“When Isiaha shoots it in, we are good,” Collins said. “Today, he had some good looks at the basket and he was able to knock some shots down, which gave us another weapon. It was probably his best shooting performance of the year so far.”

The Trojans did not allow one Pirate player to score in double figures.

“They don’t score a whole lot of points,” Collins said. “We felt like if we could get a lead, they would struggle to score and we would be OK, and that’s how it turned out.”

Cinnaminson, who is located in New Jersey, led after the first quarter 13-11. However, thanks to Portsmouth’s stingy defense, the Trojans out scored the Pirates 12-3 in the second quarter to take a 23-16 lead into the break.

“We had a slow start defensively,” Collins said. “We started out guarding them man-to-man. We were down at the end of the first quarter. We made adjustments to start the second quarter. We went to a 1-3-1 trapping zone, which forced them to speed up.”

Portsmouth increased its lead to 14 after three quarters as the Trojans cruised to victory.

We switched back to man in the third quarter but picked them up full court. We were able to get the lead up to 15 and eventually up to 20 or 21.

Portsmouth will face the Owen County Rebels who beat Griswold High School, 69-50, in their opening game of the tournament.

“We are going to have another tough game,” Collins said. “Defensively, we are going to have to continue to get better. We are going to have to rebound. Rebounding is a major issue for us every game, so if we can win the rebounding battle, that will help us a bunch.”

Owen County is located in Kentucky.

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