Spaulding says 'focus' and 'effort' lacking




CHARLOTTESVILLE — For just a brief moment — a short flurry in the third quarter Friday night at Eastern Hancock — the Tri Titans could do no wrong.

That brief moment was enough to carry the Titans to a 56-50 boys basketball victory over Eastern Hancock.

The Titans used an 18-4 third-quarter run to break open what had been a close game, and the Royals would never get closer than five the rest of the way.

Corey Lowder led Tri with 16 points — nearly hitting his average — to lead three Titans in double-figures.

Cody Wallace had 13 points and eight boards for EH in the loss, despite battling foul trouble much of the night. He was the lone Royal in double-figures, but Garrett Lee had nine points and both Shane McCormick and Victor Vincz scored eight.

 “Especially in the second half, Tri played with a little more intensity, and they played certainly to win the basketball game,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “Give them credit for that. Lowder is a very good player. He did a nice job and they had some other kids step up and do a nice job. I don’t think we did a very good job tonight. Most of the time, that hasn’t been the case this year. I’ve been happy with our effort. Our focus and our effort tonight wasn’t what it needed to be.”

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