Mac on Sports: Central A&M Routs Triopia for 1A 3rd Place

Head Coach Rob Smith and players Jacob Paradee, Griffin Andricks, Connor Hutchins, Austin Sloan and Connor Heaton are all smiles at their post-game press conference Saturday afternoon following their third place victory.

        Peoria–“I’m glad we got to show the state what we are,” said Central A&M head coach Rob Smith in his opening statement following Saturday’s 70-39 rout of Concord Triopia to finish third in Class 1A.
        “We weren’t who we are in the first half yesterday, but we certainly were today.  I couldn’t be more proud of them,” continued Smith.
     After Connor Heaton commented about he and his teammates executed their coaching staff’s game plan for the victory, in response to my inquiry about what that game plan was, Smith explained, “We saw that they like to send people to the rebound, we call ‘dog the rebound,’ we thought if we could get a clean rebound and get it out we would have an advantage every time and they were, so we told our kids, if you get the outlet pass you’re going to have a fast break every time.  And we thought they would have trouble guarding the second and third action off our offense, that certainly rung true.
        That it did as the Raiders got easy transition baskets throughout the game, similar to how they rang up their previous 32 victories as they end their remarkable season with 33 wins to go with only four setbacks.
        I will have a complete wrap on the Central A&M Raiders season in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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