Majeed leads Trojans past Spartans

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BELOIT - Staring down the barrel of a three-game losing streak, the Turner boys basketball team decided enough was enough.

Jordan Majeed scored a career-best 43 points as the Trojans defeated a solid McFarland team in convincing fashion, winning 78-63 to half the brief two-game skid.

The pace of the game was frenetic at times, just the way the Trojans like it. After allowing McFarland senior Trevon Chisolm to go off for 23 points in the first half, the Trojans allowed the big man just seven points in the second half as Turner took command of the game.

While the total team effort was evident, the story of the night was Majeed, who entered the contest averaging 14 points per game, shot 14-for-25 from the field and 14-for-17 from the line, hitting one 3-pointer to account for his 43.

"I'm so proud of Jordan," Turner senior Steve Dillard said. "He's put so much work into his game. Even after practice, he's at the College, he's at the Y, he's everywhere. For that to pay off like it did tonight, it was great to see."

Majeed said it didn't take long before he knew it could be a special night.

"Even going back to last night at practice, I was hitting everything," Majeed said. "In walk through, I felt really good and that just carried over to the game. It was crazy. We played fast, and I think we've got the best athletes in the conference. We got out and ran, and that's how we can have success."

The Trojans led 36-35 at halftime, with Majeed accounting for 16 points. It didn't take long in the second half for Turner to take control. Leading 41-40 with 16:07 to play, the Trojans went on a 14-3 run, highlighted by Majeed and Dillard, who finished with 16 points that included a thunderous dunk in the first half.

Dillard said the difference, besides Majeed's Herculean performance on the offensive end, was the team's work on the other side of the floor.

"The defensive end was the difference," Dillard said. "We had energy, we had intensity, and we were everywhere. We had all 15 guys on board. There wasn't anybody there that had a bad attitude, and that's huge on the offensive end. We had a ton of fast break layups tonight, and that all starts on the defensive end."

Of particular note was the excellent job done on Chisholm.

"The change we made was pretty simple," Turner coach Ken Watkins said. "We wanted to make it as hard as we possibly could for him to catch the ball. We wanted to front him in the post, and in the first half we weren't getting those fronts. Give him a lot of credit, he's going to play at the next level and he hit some tough shots. But I thought our guys did a really nice job on him in the second half."

After road losses to Jefferson and East Troy, Turner put together its finest 36 minutes of the season. Watkins said the team can carry a lot of confidence moving forward.

"I've been on our guys really hard this season," Watkins said. "I've put too much emphasis on the wins and losses, and not enough on the process and the intentions. Our kids intentions are good. They are trying to do what we ask them to. I thought the kids came out focused tonight and executed the game plan to perfection."

The Trojans will try to stay on track Thursday when they host Edgerton.

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