The Sideline

Saturday, August 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Cold second half dooms Titans against Red Devils

It was a tale of two halves for the Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team, as a three-point lead at the break turned into a 61-47 loss to Lower Columbia at home tonight.

The Titans started quickly, as Josh Lord hit two early baskets and Julian Vaughn’s rebound and put-back made it 8-0 at the 16:32 mark. The Red Devils punched right back to take an 11-10 lead on Nate Trotter’s put-back with 11:07 left, but Jibreel Stevens later nailed a trey to boost the Titans back to a 16-11 lead just over halfway through the opening period.

The Titans took a 32-29 lead into the locker room – with Darnell Williams tallying eight first-half points and Vaughn adding seven points – and shot 42 percent from the field. But things quickly changed after the break. The Red Devils took their first lead at 36-35 on Ryan Rogers’ free throw four minutes into the second half, and they would never trail again. They went on a 14-6 run in the first 10 minutes of the half, forcing the Titans into turnovers or bad shots. The Titans shot a frigid 20 percent in the second half, getting outscored 32-15 to suffer their first home loss of the season.

Williams led TCC with 11 points, while Lord added 10 points and Vaughn had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

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