Nov. 11, 2014
Garner 90, Fuquay-Varina 60: The Trojans started their season off in style, staking themselves to a 15-point lead after only eight minutes of play. Garner had a balanced attack with six players hitting double figures, including JaShaun Smith’s team-high 14 points. The Trojans stole the ball from the Bengals 15 times, including five from Thomas Allen.
Nov. 20, 2014
Garner 82, Middle Creek 46: Another quick start for the Trojans propelled Garner to an easy victory over their rivals. The Trojans torched the Mustangs for 30 points in the first quarter alone en route to a lopsided victory. Kenyon Burt’s 16 points and eight rebounds were key as was Smith’s near double-double (14 points, nine rebounds).
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Nov. 24, 2014
Garner 109, Cleveland 93: Garner received its first notable test of the young season and although the Rams’ Bobby Stenborg went for 33 points, the Trojans had more than enough firepower to both eclipse the century mark and hold off a pesky Cleveland squad. Thomas Allen was near unstoppable as he finished with 26 points and 13 assists. Smith added 22 points and Alex Reed turned in a 16-point, 10-rebound effort.
Dec. 3, 2014
Garner 77, Middle Creek 61: Fourteen days after routing the Mustangs, the Trojans’ trip to Apex was predictably more difficult but garnered a similar result: a double-digit win. Garner shook off a shaky first quarter that ended with them trailing by 10 points before storming past their hosts to improve to 4-0 on the season. Smith’s 22 points and 10 rebounds helped to pave the way to another victory.
Dec. 8, 2014
Garner 91, Australia North Bears 22: The Trojans hosted a travel team from Australia and began a new inter-continental winning streak. Garner’s defense was too much for their guests from the “Land Down Under” as they held the North Bears to just four points in the second half. Thirteen different Trojans scored on the night.
Dec. 12, 2014
Garner 72, East Wake 52: The Trojans opened up Greater Neuse River Conference action with a convincing win over the Warriors. Allen led all scorers with 27 points and senior Julius Barnes came up big for Garner with 23 points, eight assists and four steals.
Dec. 15, 2014
Garner 70, Holly Springs 64: The Trojans had to rally to come out on the right end in their closest contest of the year thus far. Julius Barnes’ three-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Garner a three-point lead entering the final quarter. The Trojans were allowed to hold onto the ball for five minutes of the final quarter and permitted just one Holly Springs basket over the final eight minutes.
Dec. 16, 2014
Garner 83, West Johnston 32: The Trojans built a 41-point lead by halftime and cruised to another GNRC victory. Alex Reed led Garner with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dec. 18, 2014
Garner 74, Clayton 54: The Trojans pulled away in the second half to improve to 9-0. Garner prevented the Clayton guards from getting into the lane in the second half as they did in the opening half. Smith had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans.
Dec. 26, 2014
Millbrook 87, Garner 71: The Trojans had no answer for the Wildcats’ Chris Clemons in their first game in the Holiday Invitational. The Campbell University recruit scored at will, finishing with 36 points. Thomas Allen had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Garner, who dropped to 9-1.
Dec. 27, 2014
Garner 71, Leesville Road 59: The Trojans rebounded from their disappointing defeat against Millbrook with a quick turnaround win over the Pride. Thomas Allen spearheaded a solid showing with 21 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Dec. 29, 2014
Garner 76, Knightdale 69: The Trojans salvaged a fifth-place finish in the Holiday Invitational with a seven-point win over fellow GNRC member Knightdale. Garner went on a 16-0 run in the second quarter to edge out in front and held on for the win. Thomas Allen again led all Trojans with 19 points.
Jan. 6, 2015
Garner 65, Harnett Central 45: The Trojans held Harnett Central to eight first-half points in taking a commanding 20-point lead into the intermission. Allen paced Garner with 19 points to help the Trojans improve to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the GNRC.
Jan. 9, 2015
Garner 84, Knightdale 72: The Trojans defeated the Knights for the second time in 12 days. Garner took complete control of the game thanks to a 30-point second quarter. Barnes led the way with 24 points, putting him over the 1,000 point mark in his high school career.
Jan. 16, 2015
Garner 85, Rolesville 49: The Trojans took complete control from the outset taking a 32-14 first-quarter lead. Allen posted 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Jan. 20, 2015
Garner 86, Southeast Raleigh 61: The Trojans reached the 50-point mark by halftime in building a 25-point lead in just two quarters of action. Allen was the high scorer with 26 and Barnes had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
Jan. 23, 2015
Garner 74, East Wake 66: The Trojans ran their win streak to seven games and, more importantly, improved to 8-0 in the conference with a key overtime road victory. Garner had five players in double figures including Smith and his 20 points and Barnes’ second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 10 assists.
Jan. 27, 2015
Garner 93, West Johnston 58: Eleven different Trojans scored en route to Garner’s sixth win of the season by at least a 30-point margin. Allen led all scorers with 19 while Reed compiled 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Jan. 30, 2015
Garner 56, Clayton 35: The Comets tried to slow down their rivals from down Highway 70, but Garner methodically pulled away for the 21-point margin of victory. Kuhns and Smith both went for 13 points.
Feb. 3, 2015
Garner 75, Harnett Central 50: The Trojans owned the first quarter yet again, outscoring Harnett Central 23-10 and cruised to another victory. Allen paced Garner with 21 points, Smith netted 15 and Reed scored 12 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.
Feb. 6, 2015
Garner 86, Knightdale 71: The Trojans pulled away late with 24 fourth-quarter points to clinch the regular season GNRC title. Allen turned in a monster game with 24 points, six assists, six rebounds and six steals. Smith went for 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Barnes finished with 18.
Feb. 10, 2015
Garner 79, Southeast Raleigh 63: The trio of Allen, Barnes and Smith came up big again combining for 61 points, 18 assists and 15 rebounds. The win marked Garner’s 23rd consecutive conference victory.
Feb. 13, 2015
Garner 92, Rolesville 32: The Trojans completed their march through conference play with an unblemished record. After eight minutes of play, Garner led 31-2 and cruised to the 60-point victory. Thirteen players scored in the rout with Barnes and his 20 leading the way.
Feb. 28, 2015
Garner 97, Wilmington Ashley 57: The Trojans found little resistance in the opening round of the 4A NCHSAA playoffs. Six different players reached double figures as Garner built a 25-point lead by halftime.
March 2, 2015
Garner 92, South View 70: Holding just a modest single-digit lead entering the fourth quarter, the Trojans dominated down the stretch with 37 points in the final eight minutes. Barnes was unstoppable with 30 points.
March 3, 2015
Garner 73, Northern Durham 61: The Trojans pulled away in a tight game in the final quarter yet again, outscoring the Knights by the 12-point margin of victory in the fourth quarter alone. Barnes and Allen carried the load with 28 points and 24 points, respectively, as Garner advanced to the eastern regional with a perfect 14-0 mark at home.
March 5, 2015
Garner 75, South Central Pitt 64: The Trojans claimed their 17th consecutive victory, this time with a solid performance in the eastern regional semifinals. Andrew Abrom scored seven points in the fourth quarter to hold off a late Falcons’ rally. Allen’s 22 points helped the Garner train continue to roll toward a rematch against the only team to have gotten the best of them all season.
March 7, 2015
Garner 84, Millbrook 81: The Trojans scratched and clawed their way back from 14 points down to get revenge for their only loss of the season. Millbrook’s Chris Clemons fouled out with a season-low nine points and Garner’s guards were huge down the stretch. Allen canned three free throws in the final 13 seconds to advance the Trojans to their first-ever state championship appearance. Reed, named Eastern Regional MVP, had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Allen added 21 and Smith totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Compiled by Michael Held