In the fourth, the Devils never gave the visitors a chance to get close as they sank 20 of 23 from the line to hang on for the win.
Tri-Central coach Kyle Zahn felt his team was well-positioned at intermission but the Trojans were unable to take advantage.
“We felt pretty good coming into the half with a two-point lead because we didn’t think we had the best first half. Two of our starters, Dillon Smith and Seth Blunck, were in foul trouble [in the first half]. ...We liked the feel of it, bringing those guys back, and hoped we could start the third quarter strong, but that wasn’t the case.
“They were able to grab the momentum in the third quarter and go on a run. We felt like we were chasing them the rest of the night.”
The Trojans got strong play inside from junior Cody Howell, who scored 14 points and grabbed nine boards. He was also strong at the line, sinking 10 of 12 on the night. In addition, Colten Leininger came off the bench to score nine points. Smith and Dalton Davis chipped in eight points apiece.
For Tipton, junior Brody Dell scored eight points and grabbed seven boards, while senior guard Tanner Maxey added six points.