BELOIT - Two teams got together Thursday night in Beloit, both missing some "D" from their game.
The Turner Trojans were without their starting sophomore center, Dai`Vontrelle Strong. The Brodhead Cardinals? Well, they were simply without any "D" at all.
Turner blasted the visiting Cardinals 92-63 in a game the Trojans easily could have eclipsed the century mark.
Brodhead coach Nick Jarvis, whose team had been playing very well of late, didn't mince any words when asked about his team's defense following the defeat.
"I thought we got exposed defensively," Jarvis said. "I thought Turner was relentless tonight. That's a phenomenal team, and when they play like that, they are tough to stop. It wasn't just one guy, it was all of them. They came out and just got after us. All we can do is tip our hat to them."
The win gave the Trojans an 11-6 mark overall and a 9-4 mark in Rock Valley Conference play, leaving them two games behind second-place McFarland. Brodhead saw its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-10 overall, 5-8 in the RVC.
Turner was led by sophomore Jordan Majeed, who got the start in the absence of Strong, who was home with an illness. Majeed scored the game's first bucket and poured in 21 of his career-high 27 points, while the balance Jarvis referenced was showcased in the game's opening minutes.
After Majeed scored, DJ Wash, Steve Dillard and Sereno Ferone each followed with buckets to make it 8-2. While the Cardinals did their best to keep up, Turner's offense was simply too explosive to overcome. Turner took a 47-30 lead at the break after a Majeed 3-pointer beat the buzzer.
The second half was more of the same, with a pair of Dillard treys putting the game out of reach early in the second half.
Turner coach Ken Watkins said the players took it upon themselves to rally in the absence of Strong, who averages a team-best 14.9 points per game and a RVC-best 11.2 rebounds per game.
"I did about as little coaching tonight as you could do," Watkins said. "The team ran itself. That's every coach's dream. The kids took ownership of what we were doing on both ends of the floor. The bench had a lot of energy and everyone who came in made plays."
The Trojans shot 65 percent (30-for-46) from inside the 3-point line as Majeed continued to get to the rim while Ferone slashed and Wash made play after play.
"He's been sick all week, and we knew we had to come together and rebound well especially, because he gets about half our rebounds," Majeed said. "If I'm not taking it to the basket, I'm going to hear about it from coach, because he said that would work for me."
Dillard finished with 13 points while Wash had 10 along with Majeed's 27. Brodhead was led by Parker Johnson's 18 points. Justice Tway (16) , Brekan Day (10) and Dawson McGinty (10) also finished in double figures.
"We need to learn from this game," Jarvis said. "They exposed some things defensively that we need to get fixed. We'll work hard to do that, then move on from this game."
The Trojans will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Big Foot while the Cardinals host McFarland.