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The Community R-VI varsity boys basketball squad shook off a tough season-opening loss at Mark Twain to come back and beat Madison in the Trojans’ home opener for a 71-25 victory on Friday, November 30.
The Trojans led Madison 13-2 after the first quarter and led by 23 points at halftime. Madison trailed Community R-VI 61-22 in the third quarter and the Trojans allowed only two Panther points in the fourth quarter for a Trojan victory.
“We shared the ball better inside and out,” Community R-VI head coach Dave Smith said.
“We did a much better job of attacking than we did with Mark Twain. We attacked the basket and got some pretty good looks. We shot the ball pretty well.”
Sean Wilson led the Trojans in scoring with 15 points. Lane Thebeau had 13 points. Conner Brooks had 10 points with Clay Thebeau and Shane Myers putting up nine points each. Overall, Community R-VI had seven players scoring at least five or more points.
“We forced them into enough turnovers that we got some pretty easy baskets,” Smith said. “It’s a good team win. Everybody got to play and everybody did good things but we have a lot to work on.”
Community R-VI committed eight fouls to Madison’s 21 fouls. Wilson had seven rebounds with six steals. Justin Durham had five rebounds.
Drop season opener
Mistakes on both sides of the ball led the Trojans to a tough season-opening loss at Mark Twain 59-51 on Tuesday, November 27.
The Tigers were up 18-13 at the end of the first quarter and outscored Community R-VI 12-8 to round out the half with a 30-21 lead. The Trojans outscored Mark Twain 14-13 in the third quarter and put up another 14 points in the fourth quarter, though, still short of victory.
“We didn’t play well on either side of the ball,” Smith said. “Offensively, we didn’t attack inside and our shot selection was not good.”
Durham had seven points, Clay Thebeau had five, and Brooks had four points.
The Trojans committed 19 fouls to the Tigers’ 12 fouls.
Kyle Curtis had five rebounds and Durham had four rebounds. Myers had three steals.
“Defensively, I was very disappointed. Mark Twain did a nice job of attacking our mistakes and they deserved to win. It was a tough loss but we must put it behind us,” Smith said.
The Trojans are 1-1 on the season and will be at Wright City on December 11.