It was obvious early on that the Drew Titans weren’t going to let Henry County’s Dre Soulder beat them again.
D.J. Frye scored 13 points and Barry Mayes added 12 for Drew (18-3), which beat Henry 74-58 Friday night for its seventh straight win.
In a game that featured five technical fouls and a delay when some of the lights in the drew gym went out, the Titans solidified their standing in second place in Region 4-AAA and avenged a one-point loss to Henry on Jan. 7, when Soulder scored 33 points in McDonough.
Friday, Soulder scored the game’s first basket and didn’t make another field goal until three minutes into the third period. He scored nine points before fouling out.
Rufus Brown scored 11 for Drew, which had 12 different players score in the game.
Through the first quarter, this one appeared headed toward the same kind of nail-biter as the first game between the two schools, with three ties and two lead changes early.
Drew was assessed an administrative technical foul before the game started, and Soulder’s basket from the left side of the lane gave the Warhawks (12-8, 7-4) a 3-0 lead to start, which turned out to be their only lead of more than one point.
Drew led 13-12 at the end of the first period and began pulling away in the second period, ripping off a 9-2 run and holding Henry (12-8, 7-4) without a field goal for the first 4 ½ minutes of the quarter.
The Titans pushed their lead to double figures on Eloka Olisa’s basked at the 2:50 mark in the period, and they led by as many as 12 in the first half.
The game was delayed early in the third period when approximately half the lights went out went out. Henry seemed to used the break to regroup, outscoring the Titans 16-3 over the next five minutes, but a technical foul against Henry coach Vincent Rosser changed the complexion of the game with 1:11 left in the third.
Drew’s Lafi Lupoe made the two technical free throws and Robert Gentile followed that with a basket from the lane. The Titans finished the quarter on an 8-0 run, and they scored the first four points of the fourth, pushing the lead back to 13, at 55-42.
Drew’s largest lead, 17, came at the 1:52 mark when Justin Driver made a pair of free throws to make it 67-50.
Sheldon William scored 14 points and Zavier Rosser 11 for Henry County.