THOMASTON >> Trailing 17-16 after the first quarter the Kangaroos kicked it into high gear, outscoring Gilbert 60-25 the rest of the way cruising into the Berkshire League Tournament finals, 76-42.
“We picked up the defensive pressure and got into transition,” said Terryville senior Tyler Trillo.
“We spread out, got boards and were able to run and throw long outlets passes, Tyler and Shea (Tracy) hit open layups,” said Terryville senior Jake Johnson.
The Yellowjackets were coming off dramatic come from behind win, where Yoharky Sarmiento hit a layup at the buzzer to defeat Nonnewaug Tuesday night.
“We knew they would come out and play like they had nothing to lose,” said Johnson.
Right off the bat the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
“Gilbert came out with a good game plan,” said Terryville head coach Mark Fowler. “It was wake up call for us.”
Normally when a team starts out down 7-0 the coach will call a timeout but Fowler had another idea.
“When we fell behind, it would have been easy to call a timeout,” he said.
Fowler was rewarded as the Kangaroos scored 10 straight points, which was started when Trillo drilled a 3-pointer at the 4:35 mark and Johnson then scored eight of his 15 points in the rest of the quarter.
“But I let the veterans work it out,” said Fowler.
The Yellowjackets would rally to take a one point lead after the first quarter, but that was the closest the game would be.
“We had a plan and we got into trouble when we had four unforced turnovers and they capitalized on them,” said Gilbert head coach Mark Douglass.
Terryville poured it on Gilbert in the second quarter, outscoring the Yellowjackets 21-5.
“They’re a good team and we had to limit our mistakes and their touches, it’s hard to catch up to them,” said Douglass.
Trillo would score 11 of his 21 points in the second quarter.
In the second half it was the third part of the Kangaroos’ ‘Big 3’ to take over; Tracy would score 14 of his game-high 26 points in the final two quarters.
“The best thing about the three of them is that when they play well together they’re unstoppable,” said Fowler. “Like tonight, it’s fun to watch.”
The Kangaroos will meet up with Lewis Mills in the Berkshire League Tournament finals on Friday night, 7 p.m., at Northwestern. They have beaten the Spartans in both regular season matchups, by 25 points on Jan. 10, 70-45, and then by 31 points on Feb. 21, 66-35.
“One of our strengths is to make sure we respect our opponent and are mentally prepared to give the Terryville effort,” said Fowler.
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