By Bill Woodward
February 1, 2017
Coach Eddie Gray’s Garner basketball team went out Tuesday and did as it has on other nights, wearing down the opposition with pressure defense, relentless rebounding and by pushing the ball up the floor for 32 minutes. In the end Garner had dispatched Clayton 80-59.
But this one was special.
The basketball under Gray’s arm told the story.
This one was career victory No. 500 for the 28-year Garner coach.
“We have been doing a really good job the last few outings with our full-court, man-to-man pressure,” Gray said. “We talked about having a lot of energy tonight and the kids really responded. We’re just playing really good basketball right now. I’m really proud of all the improvement we have made as a basketball team.”
Kenyon Burt led the way for the Trojans with 22 points and 15 rebounds and Demetric Horton added 15 points. Clayton (10-9, 5-5) got 10 points each from McCaleb Robertson and Devin Carter.
Gray’s numbers as a coach are staggering.
A career record – all at Garner – of 500-198, 16 conference championships and one state championship (2015).
Tuesday’s victory was the 53rd straight conference win for the Trojans (18-2, 10-0 Greater Neuse River 4A Conference).
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