SHARPSVILLE — It was far from a premier performance. But Tri-Central’s 73-50 win over Sheridan in boys basketball action here Wednesday night was more than gratifying to Trojan coach Dave Driggs in many ways.

The victory upped Class A No. 3-ranked TC to 13-2 and came with veteran frontliner Matthew Bozell still sidelined with an ankle injury; four performers reached double figures, and the Trojans displayed a totally unselfish flair by doling out 20 assists on their 30 baskets.

Give the Blackhawks (3-10) credit. They were missing coach Dave Merica, who was sitting out a one-game suspension after being tossed out of the previous game, and the best assistant coach Mike McKinney could draw was a mediocre 23-of-57 (.404) offensive effort.

The Blackhawks also had 18 costly miscues and lost the boards, 38-33, with 13 of TC’s grabs coming on the offensive end.

Driggs had TC alternating between one-on-one and various zone defenses, and the Blackhawks found shooting space difficult to come by as 10 of 27 shooting in the first half and 13 of 30 in the second half would indicate.

There were two other grand Trojan pluses, the 12-point, 13-rebound showing of senior Brian Zahn and the 18-point breakout of 5-foot-9 sophomore guard Dustin Huddleston.

Grayson Flittner upped his career point total to 1,842 with a 23-point evening, his 28th consecutive double-digit showing dating back to last season. He also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Shane McCorkle chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

“I thought we played awfully hard. We just weren’t very sharp,” Driggs said. “Still, it was great to see our sixth and seventh men [Zahn and Huddleston] step up and play the way they did. That was Zahn’s first-ever double-double.

“Jake [Ritchie] had just six points and Dusty [Lee] four, and Dusty had nine assists and Jake four, and they did good jobs defensively. Overall, we moved the ball very well and showed great unselfishness,” Driggs finished.

Flittner’s three hoops and two treys by Huddleston paved the way for a 20-9 Trojan lead at the first stop, and TC was away in the distance by halftime, 40-22.

Freshman Nick Zachery, senior Matt Davis and sophomore Chase Parrish tried to keep the Blackhawks alive. But that 10-for-27 (.370) first-half shooting and 13 bobbles foiled that.

The Trojans’ lead grew to 52-33 after three segments, and with Flittner adding the final 11 of his game-high 23; McCorkle meshing six of his eight and Huddleston and Ritchie canning two shots each the final minutes were more or less complementary.

The Trojans scored 18 points on second chances and had 10 steals as part of 18 Sheridan turnovers. TC finished with 13 errors.

“We’re happy to be 13-2,” Driggs said, “and the kids have come together very well. We’ll take a couple days off, then hit it hard next Monday.”

Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Blackhawks, Zachery added 15 and Parrish had nine.

McKinney offered: “We talked about not quitting and playing hard to the finish, and the kids gave me that. This is a tough place to play against a very good team.”

The Trojans are idle until Friday, Feb. 3 when they visit Clinton Central. Sheridan will visit Lapel Friday.

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