The Trojans hang on to win a wild 86-80 double overtime thriller with Siskyous, putting the Trojans at 4-2 (5th place in the Coast-North).
Prior to the game, the Trojans were 0-1 at home and 3-1 on the road. Head coach Justin Piergrossi commented on the Trojans necessities to win more games this season.
“I would like to see more consistency out of my team. We have played well at times, but we have not had the necessary focus on a daily basis to win consistently. Our team needs to pay more attention to detail in order to continue to improve,” said Piergrossi.
The Trojans trailed Siskyous (2-7) 41-38 at the half due to 13 Trojan turnovers. Skyline’s star power-forward, Art Fodor, exploded in the second half, scoring 23 of his 27 points in the ball game (his season high is 28). In the fourth quarter, with under a minute remaining, the Trojan defense made a big play to keep the deficit at two and left just enough time to get the ball to Fodor, who drove to the basket and did the rest. An even bigger help than his rebounding performance, his clutch game was vital, hitting two game tying shots: one go-ahead lay-up to send the game into overtime, and another to force double overtime.
Skyline’s offensive production was very limited with leg injuries to Sophomore Guards Jorsen Baysak and Simon Enciso. Although getting their first home win was very exciting, the Trojans still have a lot of work to do in division play, knowing there are currently three teams with eight wins: Canada (8-0), CCSF (8-1), and Chabot (8-1).
However, the early portion of the Trojan’s schedule is in their favor, with six of their next seven games at home. Although Conference play does not start until January 5, the Trojans must stay healthy and maintain their momentum to make the Coast-North playoff picture interesting by the end of January.