Triton shooting to make history

A year ago, Triton lost in the 1A Sectional Championship 49-47 to Oregon-Davis.

The Bobcats would go on to the win the State Championship.

With seven seniors returning, the Trojans were hungry to make this year their season.

"Coming into the season, we thought we could have a chance at the state championship," senior AJ Harrison explains. "We all wanted the same thing."

Triton is now one game away from playing for that state championship. The Trojans will face Lafayette Central Catholic in Lafayette Saturday at 1pm in the 1A Semi-State.

The confidence Triton had coming into the season, grew as the season went on.

It got a major jolt in the 2nd game of the year, when the Trojans defeated defending 3A State Champion Plymouth at Triton.

"That was a big statement game for us," senior Troy McIntyre says. "We believe we can win every game we can because of it."

Following the Plymouth win, Triton would rally off another 14 straight victories.

The Trojans moved into February with a 16-0 run.

On February 12th, the undefeated season came to an end with a loss to Rochester. Four days later, the Trojans lost again---this time to Tippy Valley.

Triton hasn't lost since.

Most of their games haven't even been close, winning by margins of 30 and 40 points.

But the Trojans won the close ones too, including in Saturday's Regional semifinals against Morgan Township.

Tied at 49, junior Colton Keel picked up a huge rebound and dropped in the game-winning bucket at the buzzer.

Triton would go on to defeat FW Blackhawk in the Regional Championship later that night.

That puts the Trojans in the Semi-State for the third time in school history. The previous two came in 1965 and 2000.

Neither of those previous Semi-State teams, have won.

That means a win Saturday would put Triton in the state championship for the first time in school history.

"It would be unbelievable," Triton head coach Jason Groves says with a hint of disbelief in his voice. "I really can't comprehend that right now."

"We just focus one game at a time and we're looking to just take care of this and if that happens, we'll just see how that feels because I can't even imagine it."

A win Saturday and the Trojans won't have to imagine any longer. It will all be reality.


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