December 30, 2011

Loss provides teaching points for Young, teammates

LANSING - James Young dribbled the ball over the halfcourt stripe on his team's very first possession. The determined look in junior's eye gave away his intent to rise and bury a triple from the top of the circle to set the tone in his team's much-anticipated match-up with Okemos.

Young's first 3-point attempt rolled off the front of the rim. His next five shots also missed the mark. The athletic lefty bagged his triple with three minutes remaining in the second quarter in the final of six games played at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse Thursday night.

Thirty seconds after Young's triple cut Troy's deficit to 14-points, 30-16, the Colts star was on the bench with his third foul.

Young struggled. Troy struggled.

"We didn't do what we are capable of doing," said Troy coach Gary Fralick. "I am embarrassed, our team is embarrassed. We came up here and we basically laid an egg and it is my fault. I take full blame for it."

Young scored 13 points in the second half to lead the Colts with 17 points in the 71-48 loss. But it took the player ranked No. 16 overall in the Class close to 30 shots to get there.

The state's top-ranked junior struggled with his perimeter jumper. But his day was made even tougher by the outstanding defensive effort of Butler-bound senior Chris Harrison-Docks, who took away Young's ability to drive with his left.

"They were just really playing my left hand tight," said Young, "making me shoot the ball from outside, and they were playing help defense really good."

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