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Trojans foil Bruins’ quest

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By Ernie Rowell

Ernie Rowell

For The Lancaster News

ROCK HILL – The Lancaster Bruins ran into a purple storm in Rock Hill on Wednesday night. Lancaster, making its first playoff appearance under head coach Ricardo Priester, suffered a 76-63 setback to the Trojans of Northwestern.

The Bruins scored the first bucket of the night just to see Northwestern outscore them 19 to 4 to end the first quarter. Northwestern took a 32-19 lead into the half. The Trojans extended its lead 55-38 after three periods.

“We just could not get anything established tonight,” Priester said. “We felt coming in we had a great chance to win. We got behind early and had to play catch-up the rest of the night and that is tough to do.

“Northwestern is a good team and they played well.”

Senior Michael Catoe lead the Bruins with 14 points, all in the second half. Shurdell Wright, playing in his last game, scored 12 points. Senior Jonathan McGriff added nine points.

“Our seniors did a great job all year,” Priester said. “They battled tonight. They have come a long way over the last two years to lead our team into the playoffs.”

Avery Harris scored 10 points. Ron Trapps scored seven. Garrett Thompson and Jaquarius Montgomery netted four each. Xavier Holloway chipped in three.

“We made great strides this year. We took care of home court and won some big games against ranked teams. The Bruins’ future looks bright.” Priester added. “We will build on this season.”

Northwestern was lead by “Cordarello” Patterson with 23 points.

Labris Adams scored 18 and Chris Belton scored 11.