Posted On: 02/21/21 9:35 PM

Tipton-Rosemark Academy defeated Harding Academy, 69-47, in the second round of the Division II-A Boys West Region Tournament.

The Rebels will play at No. 1 FACS in the semifinals round.

Here are two takeaways from TRA’s win.

Rebels’ press frustrated the Lions

Head coach Cedric Anderson’s team loves to press. From the tip, TRA jumped into a full-court press. The Rebels’ press frustrated Harding Academy, and TRA’s defense forced the Lions into 27 turnovers and recorded 21 steals. Each Rebel that touched the floor Sunday evening made sure to stick a hand or a finger on the basketball each time Harding Academy was trying to get the basketball across half court.

TRA sent traps to junior point guard DJ Richmond and took the driving lane away. Richmond wasn’t able to have a positive spin on the game like he wanted, which hurt the Lions’ offense.

Richmond scored only six points on 2 of 11 shooting and turned the ball over 10 times.

Junior forward Jaxon Toney was the only player for Harding Academy to score in double figures. He led the Lions with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

TRA didn’t fold when its double-digit lead vanished

The Rebels led by

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