By Anthony Jones, Reporter
Triad’s boys basketball team started off with a record of 1-2 in the Collinsville Prairie Farms Classic. Their win came in a close contest against Decatur MacArthur.
They dropped a close game to Althoff Catholic and fell to a Lincoln team whose one lose of the season came in overtime.
Triad’s first game in the tournament was against the Lincoln Railsplitters. The Knights kept that game relatively close at the end of the first half and trailed 26-19.
The third quarter allowed Lincoln to pull away however as they extended their lead to 13 points. The final score of that match-up was 52-36.
After losing only their second game of the season, Triad played Decatur MacArtur on Saturday morning. The first quarter in that game was an offensive explosion that ended with Triad trailing 22-20. Both offenses racked up even more points to end the second quarter at 40-35, Triad trailing still.
After opening the game with only one less point in the first half than the previous game, the Knights kept rolling in the third quarter.
They played their best quarter of the day to take a 50-46 advantage.
With 9 seconds left in the final quarter, the Railsplitters had possession and trailed by a single point.
Triad gained possession with 3 seconds left and Jarod Willis found open room to run out the clock and score two final points to win 65-62.
The Knights played their second game of their day late Saturday night against the Althoff Catholic Crusaders. At the end of the opening half, both teams were tied up at 18 all.
The Crusaders managed to pull away during the third quarter to take a 28-23 advantage. Despite an offensive spurt in the final quarter, the Knights fell 49-45.
Luke Cox led Triad on the scoreboard with 45 points and 22 rebounds over the three games. Nate Winslow came in second with 38 points and 22 rebounds as well. Sam Yager racked up 25 points and 13 rebounds.