Fort Gay, W. Va. Seniors Jordan Johnson and Coty Jude combined for 49 points in a 80-72 victory for Tolsia ( 1-0 ) over Ambassador Christian ( 0-2 ) at Rebel Arena on Tuesday night. The Rebels played last night without head coach Mike Smith who is serving a two game suspension to start the season.
The Rebels fell behind 11-2 before righting the ship and leading 17-13 after one period. Logan Presley hit a half court shot at the buzzer to give the Rebels a 39-31 halftime lead.
In the second half Tolsia lead by 16 points before the Eagles got it within 3 points a couple different times before the Rebels closed it out at the foul line.
Johnson had a game high 30 points, Jude tallied 19 points, Logan Presley chipped in with 8 points, Trey Smith scored 7 points, Brian Campbell 6 points, Jacob Mollette 5 points, Jared Switzer hit a three pointer for his only bucket and Brent Setser chipped in with 2 points. Tolsia hit 8 three pointers and went 12-21 from the line.
ACS 13 18 18 23 – 72
THS 17 22 21 20 – 80
Tolsia will travel to Van on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs before returning home next Thursday to battle Harvest Prep ( Ohio )
Tolsia Coach Bruce Justice
” We got a lot to work you could tell it was the first game but a win is a win. We did some good stuff in transition to get some easy buckets and that is what we are going to try to do a lot this season.” We tried to speed them up a little and we gave up some points that is something we will get better at.” Got a tough one Friday night on the road but we are looking forward for the challenge.”