The last time the Trojans played Southeast Raleigh on the court, Garner won by only four points. The undefeated Trojans needed this second win over the Bulldogs to clinch the Greater Neuse River Conference title.
Garner started off the game battling for a quick lead. Josh McClain went to the line to tie with his first shot and then take the lead with his second at 12-11. The bulldogs nailed a 3 pointer but Gavin Wilson answered the call, putting down a 3 of his own. The first quarter ended with 17-14 on the board.
In the second, the Trojans took the advantage, feeding the ball down low to Cameron Redd who helped boost the lead to 25-15. The Trojans forced offensive fouls on the Bulldogs to keep Southeast Raleigh’s scoring to a minimum. Near the end of the half, Emanuel McClain knocked down a jumper and forced yet another offensive foul to get the ball back with a 1-and-1 foul shot with only two seconds on the clock. Knocking down both of his shoots, the Trojans went into the second half at 39-27.
Deion Dorsey’s lay-up in the third solidified the Trojans’ take over 66-35. In the fourth quarter, Garner clinched the win, knocking down 3 pointers and getting easy lay-ups to secure their title for the school’s third consecutive season.
Although GMHS clinched the title, the Trojans’ perfect season is still at risk. Garner headed into the final week of the regular season with games against East Wake, Cary and Harnett Central. The Trojans will have to keep their mind straight to keep their perfect season in view.