Trojans advance behind Blanton’s 29 points

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 05:05 AM

CHERRYVILLE — The Chase Trojans got off to a slow start Thursday afternoon against the Frankston Blues in the first round of the Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic but dominated the final three quarters for a 67-44 win.

“I thought we played a little sloppy in the first half but sped he game up and really jumped ahead,” said head coach Joe Jessen. “It was a good win, we really needed it coming of a loss.”

Chase’s Shad Blanton drained a 3-pointer to start the scoring with 7:05 left but the Chase would score just four more points in the opening quarter. That was enough since the Blues netted just six points.

Tray Watkins came off the bench and added five quick points to start the second quarter and Tarrio Young scored four points in on offensive trip to help the Trojans to a 25-15 halftime lead.

Steven Holland was injured late in the second quarter and sat until late in the third quarter, but reentered to score four straight points for Chase.

“I think it was a hip pointer,” said Jessen. “After the game he said he felt alright so he should be fine.”

Blanton poured in 14 points in the third quarter alone as the Trojans went into the fourth quarter with a 47-34 lead.

“We don’t have a whole lot of firepower so when he comes out like that it’s huge,” Jessen said of Blanton’s third quarter explosion.

Frankston narrowed the lead to just nine at 51-42, but a Young 3-pointer put the Trojans back up by double digits with five minutes left.

Chase closed the game on a 13-2 run to secure the 67-44 win.

Blanton led all scorers with 29 while Young added 13 and Holland pitched in 12.

“[Blanton] was great tonight,” said Jessen. “He’s coming off of two games where he hasn’t shot real well, but I knew it would come to him. It really opened up for him tonight.”

The Trojans will face the winner of Thomas Jefferson/Cherryville tonight at 8:30 p.m.