CENTERBURG — Forward Carter Jones had a double-double to lead the Centerburg Trojans’ basketball team to a 68-15 victory over the visiting Northside Christian Lions. It was the Trojans’ first victory of the season, which they got in their home opener.
Jones scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in about three-quarters of basketball before Centerburg coach Skyler Brusco sat him down, with his team in total command.
“We had a really good team win,” Jones said. “Everyone played really hard. In the first half, we just wanted to come out really strong. That’s our goal in every game. Then, in the second half, we had some schemes that we needed to work on and we were looking to execute them as well as we could.”
Jones was one of three Trojans to land three 3-pointers in the game. The others were Dalton Jones and Jack Gregory, who both finished the game with 11 points.
Trojans’ center Hayden Hankinson had 10 points, along with seven rebounds. Hankinson, whose teammates call ‘Hoss,’ made his presence felt under the basket, right from the start.
“We wanted to win our home opener,” said Hankinson. “We wanted to come out and make a statement that it isn’t going to be easy to win here.”
Hayden Sutton added eight points for the Trojans, while Landon Griffith and Andrew Waddell had three steals apiece. As a team, the Trojans had 11 steals to Northside Christian’s two.
The Trojans, who jumped out to a 27-2 lead in the first half, only had eight turnovers to the Lions’ 30.
“The biggest thing we wanted to do was to remember that, ‘it’s about us,” Brusco said. “We talk about our defensive and offensive systems. Those are the things that we want to work on. We felt like after losing our first game (to Heath) we had a lot to improve upon — anyone would have felt that way. Tonight, we just wanted to make sure we’re not looking after the competition, we’re not looking at the referees but we’re looking at what we do. That was the purpose if (Tuesday) night. I thought we did a good job, taking care of business.”
The Trojans will open their Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference season on the road at Northmor this Friday at 7:30 p.m.