Road Trip Yield Mixed Results for Tritons
- By Reggie Cross, Day 129, 2023
With three games on the road, the Tritons came away with one win and two losses.
Drones 111, Tritons 108:
The Tritons thought they had this game in the bag after jumping to a 25-20 1st quarter lead and extending the lead to 15 at the half at 56-41.
Drones fought back hard at home behind 16 bench points from Devearl Stoudamire who's been a spark plug off the bench recently for the Drones. Lucas Rush with 27 seemed to have taken advantage of Reggie Burke who is usually a good defensive stopper, but managed a woeful -13 in the game.
Without good production from Ivory with 17 and Vaughn with a anemic 7 points, the Tritons managed to lose the game in the second half.
Tritons 142, Cyclones 134:
In an offensive shootout, Oakland managed a strong 3rd quarter to pull away with the victory. Marcus Ivory piled on 39, while Kai Navigato poured in 32 along with Demetric's 28.
Cyclones have been struggling as of late with a 1-9 record in their last 10 games, but the Cyclones are always a formidable opponent with players such as Jamaine Curry who scored 40 and Orien Young and Josh Gamble with 28 each.
It appears that it was the tale of two lineups, with Oakland starters dominating in +/- while the bench gave up huge amounts of points with -12's and -8's. Demetric Vaughn appears to be adapting to his occasional sixth man role however depending on the matchup.
Hurricanes 120, Tritons 118:
The Hurricanes had a lead of as much as 21 at one point in the game, but the Tritons fought back to take the lead at 5:25 left in the 4th quarter. After a back and forth five minutes Ryan Pierce drills the game winner with no time on the clock leading to a disappointing loss for the Tritons.
Again, the Tritons starters seemed to play well with Ivory putting in 38 and Vaughn with 22, but ever erratic Kai Navigato contributed only 10 points. The Triton bench again displayed woeful +/- numbers with double digit negatives for Traylor, Jankovic, Williams and Nix. Nix, recently acquired from the Skyhawks put in a decent offensive performance with 13 points in 12 minutes, but the -13 meant there was a breakdown on defense while he was in the game likely from Deron Bentley's 23 points and Hilton Phillps 15 off the bench.
With yet another difficult game on the road against the Warriors up next, the Tritons will need to decide whether to use Demetric Vaughn to help the bench or risk Cameron Nix more heavily in hopes that he can outshoot his counterparts to compensate for his physical defensive shortcomings.