Cardinals’ big start and finish dispatches Pirates

Triad’s boys basketball team finished the way it started against visiting Riverside on Tuesday, with a relentless display of shooting.


Riverside’s Landon Kelsey puts up a three-point shot over Triad’s Ryan Boyd during the fourth quarter of their game Tuesday at Triad High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Cardinals came out on fire, simmered toward halftime and re-ignited during the fourth quarter to put away the Pirates 73-67 in a non-league meeting between local teams.

A fast-pace attack left Triad (5-4) with a 22-7 advantage after the first quarter.

“I was real proud of how we started the game,” said Triad head coach John Millice. “We played well in the first quarter. Our guys really shared the ball and played unselfishly.”

The Pirates (5-7) turned the tables in the second quarter, going on a 26-8 run to lead 34-30 at halftime.

Triad was able to regain the momentum in the second half.

“We hit a lot of shots in the fourth quarter,” said Millice. “The kids got open and were able to make some big shots when we needed them. We also didn’t turn the ball over in the fourth quarter. Riverside pressured us and we handled that pressure well.”

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