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Old 10-27-16, 05:38 PM
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Portsmouth Trojans 2016-2017

The Portsmouth Trojans of 2016-2017 will try to overcome the loss of Kyre Allison (now playing at Marshall University), who became the school's all time leading scorer, amassing 1,688 points, to go along with 600 rebounds. Returning starters for the Trojans are Kendal Reynolds, a 6-3 senior, and Reese Johnson, a 6-1 junior. Projected to round out the starting 5 are Daniel Jordan, a 6-2 junior, Mike Malone, a 5-10 senior, and DJ Eley, a 5-8 junior.

The key to the Trojans season may be their bench, which will be challenged to give quality minutes. The roster won't be finalized for until early November, but it looks as if Coach Eugene Collins will have to dress some sophomores for varsity.

Portsmouth recorded a 16-8 mark last season, which ended with a sectional loss to Eastern Brown. The Trojans all time record stands at 1,417-753, good for 8th on the all time wins list in Ohio. The 16 wins marked the 42nd time that a Trojan team had won at least 15 games in a season. Coach Eugene Collins is 122-48 in 7 years at PHS, with 2 Final 4 appearances in 2011 and 2012, a state runnerup in D3 in 2012, and a regional final appearance in 2015, losing to Columbus Eastmoor.

Portsmouth opens the season with Waterford at PHS on Dec.10. The Trojans will travel to Orlando, Florida to participate in the KSA Classic over Christmas break. The Ohio Valley Conference will have a 14 game slate. Members of the OVC are Portsmouth, Ironton, Gallia Academy, Proctorville Fairland, Chesapeake, South Point, Rock Hill, and Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant.
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Old 10-28-16, 03:51 PM
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Senior Kendal Reynolds is set to join the prestigious 1,000 point club at Portsmouth HS. The 6-3 Reynolds has 917 points to date, and barring injury, should pass the magic mark early in the 2016-2017 campaign. He averaged 17 PPG last year, and has started since his sophomore year. He scored in a variety of ways, being able to go to the basket or knocking down a 3 pointer.

This could turn out to be one of Portsmouth's better shooting teams. Of the projected starting 5, Reynolds, Johnson, Malone, and Eley have all shown the ability to score from the perimeter. This will be especially important because as of right now the Trojans don't have a true post player. Team quickness should be above average.
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Old 10-28-16, 04:08 PM
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Most likely the roster will be filled by 6-2 senior Jamir King, 5-10 senior AJ Jones, 5-9 senior Ty Oliver, and 5-10 junior Jeremiah Ellis. Other strong candidates to dress varsity are 6-3 sophomores Myquel McKinley and Gage Mosley. 5-11 sophomore Daniel Lattimore could very well provide help at PG. 6-1 sophomore Parker Johnson could end up dressing varsity. King could end up being a key player as he has shown the ability to rebound. Rebounding will be very important for the Trojans to have a successful season.

There could be another surprise or two to fill out the roster.
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Old 11-03-16, 06:18 PM
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The 2016-2017 schedule for the Portsmouth Trojans:

Nov.23 Foundation game vs. Portsmouth Notre Dame
Nov.25 @Coal Grove vs. Ironton (OVC Preview)
Dec.10 Waterford (Shawnee State Classic at PHS)
Dec.16 @Coal Grove
Dec.23 Portsmouth West
Dec.27-28-29 at KSA tournament in Orlando, Florida
Jan.03 South Point
Jan.06 @Chesapeake
Jan.10 @Fairland
Jan.13 Rock Hill
Jan.17 @Ironton
Jan.20 Gallia Academy
Jan.21 Manchester at North Adams HS
Jan.24 Ironton
Jan.27 Coal Grove
Jan.31 @South Point
Feb.03 Chesapeake
Feb.04 Wheelersburg
Feb.07 Fairland
Feb.10 @Rock Hill
Feb.14 @South Webster
Feb.17 @Gallia Academy
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Old 11-15-16, 06:14 PM
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The Trojans traditional lack of size problem may have very well been solved with Gabe Gambill, a 6-5, 250 LB. junior, and Collin Boehm, a 6-5, 250 LB. sophomore. Both kids will give Portsmouth a much needed post presence and will allow 6-3 senior wing Kendal Reynolds more freedom to play a more true wing position, which should allow more open looks. The always rebounding challenged Trojans should be much more of a force on the glass with these two. Gambill is fully eligible to play after coming back to Portsmouth from Beaver Eastern (Pike County).

Portsmouth hasn't had this much size since the 2012 season, when 6-5 Dion McKinley made first team All-Ohio and was D3 SE district POY.
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Old 11-18-16, 01:22 PM
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Good luck to the trojans! Kendall Reynolds is that real deal
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Old 11-22-16, 05:55 PM
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coachablekid: I look for Kendal to average close to 20 PPG this year, especially if Gambill and Boehm can give us some post presence. He is an excellent perimeter shooter, and in a scrimmage last Saturday, showed that he can dish out some very nice assists as well.

Portsmouth went 4-2 in scrimmage play last Saturday, as they won 2 of 3 quarters each vs. Piketon and Minford. The Trojans knocked down quite a few 3 pointers, but also were able to push the ball up the court for some fast break points.

Portsmouth's all time leading scorer, Kyre Allison, who graduated last year after scoring 1,688 points, played about 10 minutes for the Marshall Thundering Herd last night vs. Jackson State. Kyre scored 5 points, nailing a free throw line jumper and scored on a layup where he was fouled, and he made the FT.
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Old 11-25-16, 02:38 PM
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Portsmouth beat Portsmouth Notre Dame 63-48 in a foundation game at NDHS. The Trojans had as much as a 20 point lead. Coach Eugene Collins played everyone in the varsity game. The PHS JV won handily over the ND JV team.

Portsmouth plays Ironton tonight in the OVC preview at Coal Grove HS.
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Old 11-28-16, 06:08 PM
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Portsmouth defeated Ironton 29-18 in a 2 quarter game at the OVC preview held at Coal Grove last Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans went 1-1 with Waverly, while Logan Elm went 2-0 against PHS. Portsmouth's last scrimmage will be this coming Saturday at Athens. The Bulldogs feature one of the state's premier PG's, 6-1 senior Griffin Lutz.
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Old 11-28-16, 07:38 PM
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This is for my parents who graduated from Portsmouth in '43 (mom) and '44 (dad) though my father did not walk with his class...he was already off to the Army to eventually land on Normandy beach one month after D-Day. Let's go Trojans!
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Old 12-07-16, 11:03 AM
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Portsmouth lost to Athens in a 5 quarter scrimmage last Saturday 69-61. Good showing by the Trojans, because the Bulldogs are reputed to be one of the better D2 teams in the SE district this season. Overall, PHS fared pretty well in the preseason.

The Trojans open their season this Saturday vs. Waterford at PHS. Don't know really what to expect from Portsmouth, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Trojans show some good shooting from the perimeter, which should be one of their strengths this season.

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Old 12-10-16, 11:16 AM
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Warrior78: Thanks for supporting the Trojans and I hope your son is safe in his Marine duty. From one veteran to another.......thanks for his service to our great country.
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Old 12-12-16, 11:14 AM
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The Trojans started their season Saturday night with a 47-44 win over Waterford. The Wildcats had a 32-21 lead at halftime, but Coach Eugene Collins' decision to press after the break was the difference in the game. Waterford scored only 12 points in the final 16 minutes, and with it came 17 turnovers caused by the PHS pressure.

Portsmouth played 4 off the bench, and they came through with some good minutes. The Trojans struggled with their perimeter shooting, which was a strength of the team going in. That will improve as time goes. 6-3 senior Kendal Reynolds came through with some clutch baskets/FT's in the final 2 minutes.

Waterford is ranked in the top 10 of the SE district, and will be one of the favorites to reach the D4 regionals in Athens.

Portsmouth travels to Coal Grove on Friday to begin OVC play.
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Old 12-13-16, 05:57 PM
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I noticed over the weekend during the Buckeye Elite Showcase held at Portsmouth HS that our state championship trophies and pictures of our state championship teams were missing.........yesterday I found out from our AD that they are being displayed at the OHSAA office in Columbus. I don't know if this is a yearly thing that the OHSAA does, but this is a great honor for Portsmouth Trojans basketball!! I miss seeing the trophies and pictures, but the banners are still in the gym!!

Our AD also submitted our updated all time record through the 2015-2016 season.......1,417 wins, 753 losses, which should put Portsmouth HS in 8th place on the all time wins list.

Proud to be a Trojan and proud of our basketball history!!
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Old 12-17-16, 04:12 PM
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The Trojans lost at Coal Grove 51-46 to drop PHS to 1-1 on the season. Portsmouth led 39-37 going into the 4th quarter, but the Trojans' shooting went cold and the Hornets sealed the win with some late FT's. PHS did win the freshmen and junior varsity games rather handily, and in addition beat CG in the 8th and 7th grade games. The Portsmouth varsity is now 0-1 in OVC play.
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Old 12-24-16, 08:55 PM
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Portsmouth defeated Portsmouth West 72-60 at Portsmouth HS Friday night. The Trojans led only 8-6 after the first quarter, and 28-22 at the half. The Trojans used a 44 point 2nd half to up their record to 2-1 on the season. Portsmouth had 4 players in double figures. At halftime, 1975 PHS graduate David Underwood was inducted into the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Josh Myers and Derek Haggerty.

The Portsmouth 7th and 8th grade teams are 3-3 on the season, while the freshmen are 2-2 after not winning a game as 8th graders.
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Old 12-26-16, 10:28 AM
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Good job Dave. It's nice to get updates on the Trojans. Fantastic tradition, one of Ohio's classic programs.
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Old 12-27-16, 06:04 PM
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Thanks, 3out2in, I will try my best to give timely updates on the Trojans.
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Old 12-27-16, 07:18 PM
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Fairland looks like a state team. Hopefully your Trojans and my Bulldogs can beat them.
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Old 12-29-16, 06:30 PM
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Portsmouth is 1-1 so far in the KSA Holiday Classic in Orlando, FL. The Trojans lost their first game in the Classic to Hilliard, FL by a score of 65-60. Reese Johnson led PHS with 16 points, while 6-5 junior Gabe Gambill chipped in 15, his best offensive game of the season to date.

Portsmouth defeated Edgewood, FL today by a score of 65-53. The Trojans had a 45-23 lead at the half, then substituted liberally in the final 2 quarters. Mike Malone led PHS with 16 points, Reese Johnson added 12, while Kendal Reynolds had 9. Portsmouth is starting to find other scoring options other than Kendal Reynolds, which over the course of the season will be good for PHS. Overall, the Trojans are 3-2 on the season.

Reynolds is closing in on joining the prestigious 1,000 point club at PHS. He started the season with 917 points. A 3 year starter, Kendal scored 89 points in 5 tournament games as a sophomore in the 2014-2015 season, which ended with a loss to Columbus Eastmoor in the regional final. Last season, Kendal averaged 17 PPG.

Portsmouth plays one more game in Orlando tomorrow, with the starting time 1:45 PM. The Trojans then return to OVC action on Tuesday with a game vs. a very good South Point team at PHS. The Pointers feature standout sophomore guard Tayshawn Fox. PHS then will play at Chesapeake on Friday, and will travel to Fairland the following Tuesday to battle the highly touted Dragons, regarded as the SE district's best team, regardless of division.
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Old 12-30-16, 04:19 PM
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Portsmouth closed out its trip to the KSA Classic with a 70-58 win over McKeel Academy FL. Kendal Reynolds scored 20 for the Trojans, while Mike Malone also pitched in 20. Daniel Jordan added 9 points. PHS finishes the KSA with its 3rd straight winning record in the tournament, going 2-1 this year after posting 3-0 and 2-1 marks previously.
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Old 01-04-17, 10:52 AM
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Portsmouth upped its record to 5-2 with a 56-46 win over a good and quick South Point team last night at PHS. The Trojans had as much as an 18 point lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Pointers (5-2) cut the lead to 10 with about 4 minutes to play. Portsmouth played outstanding half court defense.

Before the game, senior Kendal Reynolds was honored for reaching the 1,000 points milestone. He achieved that mark in Florida at the KSA tournament, and going into last night had 1,006 points. Senior Mike Malone was also honored for being the Trojans KSA MVP.
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Old 01-05-17, 02:30 PM
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Congrats to kendal Reynolds for entering the thousand points club. What colleges are looking at him?
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Old 01-05-17, 06:19 PM
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coachablekid: Right now, I don't know who is looking at Kendal, but I really do believe he is good enough to play somewhere. He won't be a D1 player, but can play perhaps at a program like Shawnee State, which is a 4 year NAIA school. Kendal is a good shooter, good ballhandler, and always plays hard, but he is not exceptionally quick. He has the game, no doubt, to help someone at the collegiate level.

With Reynolds eclipsing the 1,000 points mark, he is the 4th player in the 8 years of Coach Eugene Collins tenure to reach that milestone. Previously Dion McKinley and Wayne Evans (2012), Kyre Allison (2016), and now Reynolds in 2017 have hit the magic mark. McKinley and Evans both ended their careers with 1,096 points, while Kyre Allison scored 1,688, which is #1 all time at PHS. With quite a bit of the season to go, Kendal has a chance to move into the top 5 all time.
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Portsmouth's game with Chesapeake last Friday was postponed due to weather and is rescheduled for Jan.28. The Trojans face their toughest opponent of the entire regular season on Tuesday as they travel to Proctorville to take on the Fairland Dragons. Fairland is 8-1 with their only loss coming on Saturday on the road to D1 Hilliard Bradley 64-42. The Dragons return all 5 starters from last season, in which they were all sophomores. They are a legitimate threat to make the Final 4 in D3 out of the Athens regional, probably the SE's district best chance of sending a team to the Schott.

The Trojans must shoot well and keep the score in the low 50's to have any chance of winning. A cold shooting night and fast pace will spell doom for PHS.
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Old 01-11-17, 05:09 PM
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Portsmouth lost to Fairland 67-48 last night at FHS. The Trojans hung with the Dragons for most of the first 3 quarters, trailing only by 3 late in the third frame until FHS's Gunner Short hit two 3's to stretch the lead to 9. PHS never threatened the Dragons after that. Second chance points by FHS hurt the Trojans throughout the contest. Portsmouth also struggled from behind the arc.

Fairland was without their 6-6 junior post player Collin Van Horn, who suffered an nose/eye injury in practice on Monday. He possibly could be back before the end of the regular season. The Dragons are good without him, but with him are a legitimate Final 4 contender.

Portsmouth fell to 5-3 on the season, but with the remaining schedule, has an excellent chance to post another winning season. GO TROJANS!!!
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Portsmouth upped its record to 6-3 with a convincing 81-41 win over Rock Hill in OVC play. The Trojans are now 2-2 in conference action, while the Redmen fell to 0-6. PHS led 18-6 after the first quarter, and expanded the lead to 38-17 at the half. The lead kept growing in the 2nd half despite Coach Eugene Collins using his entire bench. Everybody on the roster scored, with seniors Kendall Reynolds (20) and Mike Malone (14) leading the way. Malone hit his first 3 three pointers, and ended up going 4-6 from behind the arc. The Trojans did struggle at the FT line, going 7-24, with most of the misses by the bench.

Portsmouth will have 3 games next week, with a trip to Ironton on Tuesday, home with Gallia Academy on Friday, and then a game at North Adams HS in the Dave Young Classic on Saturday, with Manchester being the opponent.
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Portsmouth raised its record to 7-3 with a 55-46 win at Ironton on Tuesday. The Trojans had 3 players in double figures, Mike Malone, Kendal Reynolds, and Reese Johnson. PHS had an 18 point lead in the 2nd half, but the Fighting Tigers rallied in the 4th quarter to pull within 8 with over a minute to go. Kendal Reynolds proved clutch at the FT line in the final 2 minutes. Portsmouth leads the series against Ironton 89-66 after last night's win.

PHS started the season 2-2, but have won 5 of its last 6 games, with the only loss coming at Fairland.

Portsmouth entertains Gallia Academy on Friday in an OVC contest, then travels to North Adams HS to play Manchester in the Dave Young Classic at 10:00 AM Saturday.
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Portsmouth dropped a 48-43 contest to Gallia Academy at PHS Friday night. The Trojans led 12-11 after the 1st quarter, but only scored 2 points in the 2nd period to trail 25-14 at the half. The Trojans pulled to within 31-30 after 3 quarters, and briefly took a 39-37 lead. But the Blue Devils (8-4) closed the game on a 11-4 run. DJ Eley and Reese Johnson each made three 3 pointers for PHS. Portsmouth fell to 7-4 on the season, and 3-3 in OVC play. Gallia Academy featured 6-10 freshman Zach Loveday, who blocked at least a half dozen Trojan shots.

Today the Trojans came back with a 60-45 win over the Manchester Greyhounds at North Adams HS in the Dave Young Classic. PHS led throughout the game, and led at one point by 20. Kendal Reynolds (24 points) and Daniel Jordan led the Trojans offensively. Portsmouth is now 8-4 on the season, and will play at home vs. Ironton on Tuesday.
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Old 01-25-17, 11:38 AM
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Portsmouth defeated Ironton 69-63 last night at PHS. The game was a tale of two halves, as the Fighting Tigers led 29-17 at halftime, then scored the first 4 points of the 3rd quarter to go up 33-17. After that, it was all Trojans who scored 26 points in both the 3rd and 4th periods, outscoring IHS 52-30 in the final 16 minutes. DJ Eley and Mike Malone led PHS with 19 points apiece, while Kendal Reynolds added 18. Portsmouth warmed up from the perimeter in the 2nd half after a frigid first 16 minutes. The Trojans are now 9-4 on the season (4-3 in the OVC), and have an excellent chance to go 11-4 with a home game vs. Coal Grove on Friday and a road contest with Chesapeake on Saturday.

Portsmouth now leads the all time series with Ironton 90-66.

Sophomore Ethan Wilson had an outstanding game for Ironton with 33 points.
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