Photo by Lori PoteetCaleb Randolph tossed in 10 points for the Chargers in a loss to Tri-West.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Caleb Randolph tossed in 10 points for the Chargers in a loss to Tri-West.

Defense wins championships is the old saying. Friday night at Charger gym, defense most definitely won the basketball game, as Tri West escaped Linden with a 48-36 Sagamore Athletic Conference victory.

Tri West (18-3, 6-1 SAC) came into the game averaging nearly 80 points a contest, and were held to just 48 on the evening.

"Defensively tonight, we were pretty darn good," North Montgomery coach Joel Grindle said. "I loved our effort and energy."

The first half was all Tri West, as the Bruins raced out to a 14-point halftime lead, 28-14. The full court press applied by the Bruins defense was tough for the Charger to overcome, turning the basketball over 11 times in the first half alone.

North Montgomery (11-9, 6-3 SAC) came out with great focus in the third period. The Chargers held the high powered Tri West offense to only 4 points total in the period, closing the gap to just a 9 point deficit going into the final stanza.

"I thought we were a whole new team, a refocused team," coach Grindle said. "When you are down 14 points at halftime to a very good team that is expected to win, a team can go away, but we didn't, we battled back and got to within six."

The fourth quarter, the Chargers did get to within six points, but unfortunately, Tri West made a run, and knocked down 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch to pull away and leave with a hard earned Sagamore victory.

With the win, coupled with a Danville win, Tri West finishes up conference action in second place alone as Danville is the conference champion.

Tri West was led by senior Trevor Waite who finished with 21. North Montgomery was led by Grant Gayler with 14 and Caleb Randolph with 10.

North is right back in action tomorrow evening at Charger gym as it will be senior night. There will not be a dry eye in the house, as fans say thank you to seniors Gayler, Owen Randolph, Elijah Dugard and Austin Donahue. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm.