Trojans fall to Galt, 64-55

By: Matt Long
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With Oak Ridge coming off a league opening win over Ponderosa and Galt losing big at home to Union Mine, at first glance the casual fan would think Oak Ridge had the advantage going into Thursday’s game at Galt. Unfortunately for the Trojans, that wasn’t the case. The scenario was exactly the opposite, as the Warriors were out for revenge after being embarrassed at home, while the Trojans couldn’t match the energy and intensity they had against rival Ponderosa on Tuesday, as Galt won the game 64-55. “It was a trap game and you could see it coming,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen said. “They wanted it more and they proved it. We shot poorly on the road and were out-rebounded, but this loss is on me. I didn’t have them prepared.” Despite the way the rest of the game would go, Oak Ridge came out and played fairly well in the first quarter, working up a 16-11 lead after eight minutes of play. Zack McMillen and Tyler Simms both hit 3-pointers and both finished the quarter with five points to lead the team. Will Findlay took over in the second quarter, scoring seven points, as Oak Ridge held a narrow 31-28 lead at the break. The second half, however, was all Galt. The Warriors held Oak Ridge to only 10 points in the third quarter, but the Trojans still led with eight minutes to play, 41-39. Galt took the lead for good with 6:54 to play in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the nine-point victory. Oak Ridge wasn’t getting good looks at the baskets and weren’t making many shots. While Galt is only 5-12 on the season, the Trojans (7-9) seemed to have trouble with their athleticism, as well, turning over the ball numerous times. With nine points in the fourth quarter, Bryce Scott led Oak Ridge with 13 points. JT Tulabut and Findlay both ended with nine points, while McMillen scored eight, all in the first half. About the only positive for the Trojans was the play of Tulabut. “JT played well and that’s good for us because he’s trying to get his confidence back,” Christensen said.