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Old 10-29-18, 06:03 PM
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Portsmouth Trojans 2018-2019

The Portsmouth Trojans will feature a lot of new faces on its 2018-2019 roster. After losing 4 starters from last season, only leading scorer Matthew Fraulini, a 6-2 junior, returns. To date the Trojans have lost 2 players to football injuries, one of which may return by January. Fraulini averaged 14 PPG as a sophomore.

Right now, 3 starters are penciled in the starting lineup. MyQuel McKinley, a 6-3 SR, Miles Shipp, a 6-2 SO, and Fraulini. A 4th most likely starter will be Amare Johnson, a 5-7 FR. Johnson will be the PG, and has a very high motor and is a tenacious defender. The 5th starter will be 5-11 Danny Lattimore if he decides to play. He is currently the QB on the Trojans playoff football team. This team could be the most athletic team Portsmouth has had since its 2015 regional final squad.

The Trojans finally have some size in 6-6 SR Andrew Meadows, who has improved immensely from playing JV ball last season. He will most likely not start, but will get major minutes. Also in the rotation will be 6-1 junior Richie Bowman. Eli Johnson, a 5-9 junior, could also help off the bench.

Coach Eugene Collins begins his 10th season at PHS, which is the 3rd longest tenure in school history. Collins led the Trojans to back to back state appearances in 2011 and 2012, finishing state runnerup to Cincinnati Summit Country Day in the 2012 championship game. His overall record is 155-64, with a regional final, 3 district titles, and 5 sectional titles, in addition to his state teams.

Portsmouth will once again play in the Ohio Valley Conference, which will take up 14 games on the Trojans slate. Gallia Academy, the only D2 school in the conference, is the overwhelming favorite to win the OVC. 5 of the other schools, Ironton, Fairland, Rock Hill, Chesapeake, and South Point are D3, with Coal Grove being the only D4.

Portsmouth enters this season with an all time record of 1,450 wins, 767 losses. The Trojans have made 15 state apperances, tied for 3rd in Ohio all time, have won 16 games in the state tournament, tied for 3rd in Ohio all time, and have played in 27 state tournament games (16-11 record), 3rd in Ohio all time.

Portsmouth will open its season at Piketon vs. Southeastern Ross on Dec.1st in the Piketon Tournament.
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Old 11-06-18, 06:51 PM
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I am really excited about how athletic these Trojans are after watching them in practice. This just might be Coach Eugene Collins' quickest team in his 10 years at PHS. Portsmouth has to replace 4 starters, and early in the season will come signs of inexperience on the court, but their athleticism alone will make them competitive, even in losses.

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Old 11-16-18, 05:38 PM
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The Trojans fared well in their first scrimmage by beating Raceland (KY) 3 out of 4 quarters. The starting lineup was 6-3 SR Myquel McKinley, 6-0 SR Daniel Lattimore, 6-2 JR Matthew Fraulini, 6-2 SO Miles Shipp, and 5-8 FR Amare Johnson at PG. Fraulini scored 30 points total, and the Trojans basically won their quarters by forcing numerous turnovers. The quickness/athleticism that was advertised in my initial post was evident against the Rams.

Portsmouth will scrimmage at Waverly on Monday vs. Waverly and Unioto.
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Old 11-27-18, 06:34 PM
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The Trojans will open the 2018-2019 season at Piketon on Saturday, playing Southeastern Ross at 4:30.

Portsmouth's starting 5 will be:

MyQuel McKinley 6-3 SR
Daniel Lattimore 6-0 SR
Matthew Fraulini 6-2 JR.....14 PPG last season
Miles Shipp 6-2 SO
Amare Johnson 5-8 FR

Off the bench:

Chris Duff 5-11 SO
Andrew Meadows 6-6 SR
Richie Bowman 6-1 JR
Brandon Clark 6-3 JR
Gage Rhodes 6-4 JR
Eli Johnson 5-10 JR
Caden Davis 5-10 JR
Jack Workman 5-9 JR
Daryionne Bryant 6-1 FR
Drew Roe 5-9 FR

The Trojans will be going for their 9th winning season in the last 10 years. The last 3 seasons have produced identical 15-7 regular season records, ending overall in 16-8, 17-8, and 16-8, with a sectional title in 2017. It was Portsmouth's 64th sectional title in school history.

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Old 11-27-18, 11:07 PM
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Good luck to PHS, trojandave. Keep those updates coming during the season. Always good to hear about this legendary program.
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Old 12-03-18, 05:16 PM
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Portsmouth opened its 2018-2019 season with a 61-52 win over the Southeastern Ross Panthers Saturday afternoon at Piketon HS. Matthew Fraulini led the Trojans with 22 points, while Danny Lattimore pitched in 20. Miles Shipp added 12, MyQuel McKinley added 6, and freshman Amare Johnson made a FT. The Trojans quickness forced a number of Southeastern turnovers. The Panthers have a nice team with a couple of good outside shooters. Their PG Ruby is a solid player who led them in scoring with 17.

Portsmouth will play Franklin Furnace Green in the Shawnee Classic on Wednesday at PHS. Then the Trojans play Thursday vs. Huntington St.Joe at PHS.

GO TROJANS!!!

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Old 12-10-18, 04:46 PM
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Portsmouth defeated Franklin Furnace Green 78-46 last Wednesday at PHS. The Trojans placed 4 players in double figures, led by 6-2 junior Matthew Fraulini with 22 points. The Trojans outscored the Bobcats by 20 points in the final 2 quarters to pull away and boost their record to 2-0.

Last Thursday, Portsmouth defeated Huntington(WV) St.Joe 73-42 at PHS. Matthew Fraulini led the Trojans in scoring for the 3rd consecutive game with 28 points, including a slam dunk. Miles Shipp pulled down 10 rebounds in only 3 quarters of action. Coach Eugene Collins benched the starting 5 at the start of the 4th quarter to let the bench get some minutes. The Trojans outscored the Irish 37-6 in the middle 2 quarters for the win. Portsmouth is now 3-0 on the season, and will travel to Coal Grove on Tuesday. Coal Grove has beaten the Trojans 3 of the last 4 games between the two. PHS hasn't been 4-0 since the 2015 season, when the Trojans went 20-7 and finished regional runnerup to Columbus Eastmoor Academy.

Matthew Fraulini is averaging 24 PPG through 3 games.
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Old 12-12-18, 11:58 AM
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The Trojans suffered their first defeat of the season at Coal Grove on Tuesday by a score of 66-54. The Hornets led 18-10 after 1 quarter, and Portsmouth had to play catch up the whole night. At the half, CG went into the locker room with a 40-26 lead. The Hornets upped their lead to 47-30, then the Trojans started a spirited comeback, cutting the deficit to 56-50 with 4 minutes to play. But it proved to be too much to overcome, as CG outscored PHS 10-4 the rest of the way. Matthew Fraulini led the Trojans with over 20 points for the 4th game in a row, but Portsmouth did not have scoring balance, as in the first 3 games. The Trojans especially going forward will have to find more scoring from the perimeter, as Fraulini is the only threat from the arc. As a result, zone defenses have given PHS trouble.

PHS did force 18 turnovers, and outrebounded the Hornets 36-33, but the Trojans committed 24 turnovers of their own which proved to be their undoing. Coal Grove has now won 4 of the last 5 games between the two.

Portsmouth (3-1) will host South Point on Friday. The Pointers are coming off a win over Chesapeake. The Portsmouth JV upped their record to 2-0 win a win over CG. That win surpasses the JV's win total from last season (1-21 record).
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Old 12-15-18, 12:43 PM
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Portsmouth used a spirited second half rally to edge the South Point Pointers 47-45 last night at PHS. The Trojans (4-1) were down 29-20 at the half, but fought back to within 6 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the final 8 minutes, PHS caused several critical turnovers by SP which led to some fast break baskets. With Portsmouth leading 45-42, the Trojans allowed the Pointers 2 offensive rebounds, and on their 3rd shot of the possession, knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 45. MyQuel McKinley proved to be the hero of the day for PHS, as he scored a put back basket with just 4 seconds to play for the winning points.

McKinley led Portsmouth with 19 points, while sophomore Miles Shipp tossed in 18 to go along with double digit rebounds, which is becoming commonplace for him. Matthew Fraulini only scored 3 points as SP was determined to make someone else beat them. Nevertheless, Fraulini played a good all around game despite SP's lock down defense. He is still averaging 20 PPG.

The Trojans are 1-1 in OVC play.

Portsmouth will travel to Western Pike on Wednesday, and will play at Portsmouth West next Saturday.
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