Truvillion paces Co-Lin win but Wolves short on defense

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2007

WESSON — In most cases, Co-Lin’s Greg Truvillion would considerhis game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds a successful outing,especially in a 74-67 Monday night victory over the East CentralCommunity College Warriors. But Truvillion was unhappy with hisperformance on defense as the Wolves improved to 10-3 overall and3-0 in the South Division race.

“We usually give up 60 points (average) per game,” explainedTruvillion, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound product of Lansing, Mich. “Buttonight we gave up 67.

“Usually we play better defense than we did tonight. We have agood team and our goal is to win state.”

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Truvillion said he is enjoying the peaceful campus life in ruralMississippi and the mild winter, a sharp contrast from the bustlingcity life in Michigan. “My mother said they were snowed in and itwas real cold in Lansing.”

His older cousin, Danny Earl Truvillion, was a standout guard onBrookhaven and Co-Lin basketball teams in the early 1970s.

Last night in Mullen Gymnasium, Truvillion was joined in doublefigures by 6-10 sophomore center Christian Marshall with 15 pointsand 8 rebounds. Freshman guard Corey London added 11 points, 3assists and 2 steals.

Co-Lin head coach Dennis Sims said he was disappointed with theeffort on Martin Luther King Day but happy to win against a strong,physical East Central team. “We didn’t give an effort tonight. Forthe last five or six games we had played good defense. We regressedtonight.

“East Central was extremely physical,” he added. “We didn’t bowup and meet the challenge.”

According to Sims, Co-Lin was ranked No. 7 nationally in pointsallowed before last night’s game.

Sims said Marshall and Truvillion must raise their performancelevel on defense if the Wolves are to contend for a statechampionship. “Christian and Greg didn’t defend very well. Greg gotsome good second shots off misses by others.”

East Central (5-8, 1-2) got 16 points from Brandon Shelton, a6-1 freshman guard from Newton. He was the only Warrior in doublefigures.

Craig Pruitt, a 6-5 freshman from Newton County, led ECCC on thebackboards with 7 rebounds.

Co-Lin took a 32-23 halftime lead, paced by Truvillion andMarshall with 9 and 7 points respectively.

The Warriors, coached by Maurie Bowie, played a strong secondhalf. They reduced Co-Lin’s lead to 7 points, 44-37, with 12:29left in the game on 2 free throws by Ernesto Green.

That challenge ignited a 9-0 run by the Wolfpack. Co-Linfreshman Anthony Wilcher had a putback and dunk in the charge. Thelead increased to 14 points, 58-44 on a trey by London and 8:09left to play.