The Denton Broncos had their first win of the season in the palm of their hands, but the Carrollton Newman Smith Trojans were able to force overtime, where Camryn Cole hit the game-winning shot as time expired to give the Trojans an 85-83 victory at the Purple Pit.
Stephen Spurlock led the Trojans with 30 points, while Dareon Hill added 18 points, with each doing damage during their fourth-quarter charge.
“They just made some plays,” Denton head coach Harold Jackson said. “That kid [Cole] took the ball to the hole and made the play that counted. We were in a mismatch situation and he was able to take advantage. We shot the ball well, but they outrebounded us. We need to do a better job in that area. He [Spurlock] did a tremendous job offensive rebounding. A lot of the game we were in a zone, and it is very difficult to block out when you’re in a zone.”
The Broncos (0-3) held a 65-55 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Trojans’ aggression led them to the free-throw line, knocking down 6 of 7 in the quarter. Spurlock had 10 in the quarter, with Hill knocking down two of his eight points from the line to put the Trojans ahead 79-77 with less than a minute remaining.
“In the fourth quarter, I don’t think we utilized the same offensive patience that got us the lead,” Jackson said. “We took some quick shots and those were shots we were hitting early in the game. We weren’t making them and it gave them opportunities to come back. On both sides, jump shots weren’t falling late in the game. We just couldn’t turn them into opportunities on their end.”
Needing a turnover, the Broncos’ defense delivered as sophomore Deamonte Hughes came up with a steal and found senior Michael Jackson in transition for the game-tying layup. Denton’s defense then forced Deondre Brown into a difficult shot to send the game into overtime tied at 79-79.
“I think we are a lot tougher,” Harold Jackson said. “There was no quit. We were down early in the game, and we could have quit. We built a 10-point lead and then we got down in the closing seconds. We were able to make a play to send the game into overtime. When you get into overtime, it’s about who makes the last play, and they made the last play.”
The Broncos showed a more balanced scoring attack than the Trojans as Denton had four players in double figures. Jackson led the way with 19 points, with senior Manny Patterson putting up 15. Senior Ryan Daniels had 12 points, while Hughes added 10.
“Michael did a tremendous job,” Harold Jackson said. “He shot the ball well early, and he’s a tremendous athlete. I mean, every game that we play, there may not be a better athlete on the floor. He is that kind of athlete. He did a good job finishing, as well as Manny Patterson. Ryan Daniels’ shot came around further. Roman Pervis came in to give us a big spark in the first half, when we were in foul trouble, with his effort and energy.”
After taking a 40-38 lead at halftime, thanks to a 22-18 second-quarter advantage, the Broncos finished out the third quarter with a 5-0 run from Jackson. His step-back 3-pointer made it 63-55 with 25 seconds remaining and after a defensive stop, junior Adarian Harris fed the outlet pass to Jackson, who hit the layup to close the quarter.
At 0-3, coach Jackson isn’t ready to go back to the drawing board. With Denton still looking for its leader, Jackson thinks it’s just a matter of time before his team can get on a roll.
“I thought we were a lot closer tonight, to playing the way we are possible of playing,” Jackson said. “Naturally you get better as you play games. I thought we possibly could have been successful in those first three games, but we aren’t pushing the panic button. Hopefully, once we get the first win under our belt, we can string a few together.
“I’m trying to figure out who the leaders are that are going to step up. Anybody can lead when things are great, but it takes a great leader to keep the crew together when things are going well.”
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Carrollton Smith 85, Denton 83
Denton 18 22 25 14 4 — 83
Carrollton Smith 20 18 17 24 6 — 85
Denton — Michael Jackson 19, Manny Patterson 15, Ryan Daniels 12, Deamonte Hughes 10, Greg Helt 8, Chavis Johnson 8, Adarian Harris 4, DeRodney Thomas 3, Wendell Williams 2, Romeo Purvis 2.
Carrollton Smith — Stephen Spurlock 30, Dareon Hill 18, Deondre Burns 12, Walter Rickett 7, Nick Shankle 5, Camryn Cole 5, Ben Higgonbotham 3, Darion Brown 3, Anthony Grayson 2.