LEGGETT – Tarboro Vikings first-year coach Reggie Bess made a few decisions Friday night against his former team the North Edgecombe Warriors. Bess didn't show his hand to early, but he had his team start pressing late in the second quarter that turned out to give them a spark. But the biggest spark of the game came from sophomore TJ Powell, who Bess pulled up from the JV team a day before the game.
Powell started Friday and scored 14 points, eight in the third quarter, and grabbed seven rebounds to help lead the Vikings to a 67-60 Two Rivers Conference win.
Another sophomore, Rashik Herring, also added 14 points in the win for Tarboro.
"TJ and Rashik were big for us tonight," Bess said. "They gave us the lift that we have been looking for all season. I knew Rashik could do it because he has come off the bench and hit some big three's for us. TJ was big on the boards and was very productive on both ends of the floor. He came up and made an instant impact."
The game was back and forth most of the first half, until Bess came out of a timeout and told his team to full court press the Warriors. The press was something that seemed to shock the Warriors because they turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, which led to five points for the Vikings and gave them a 27-24 halftime lead.
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