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The current Community R-VI boys basketball team is no stranger to late-game heroics. In last year’s district semifinals, Community R-VI’s Justin Durham nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Trojans into the finals.
Lightning struck a second time this past weekend in the third place game of the Sturgeon Tournament when Lane Thebeau nailed a 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 44.
Community R-VI went on to dominate South Callaway in overtime to win the game 57-52 and take home the third place trophy.
The Trojans made 23-of-27 free throws in the win, including 8-of-9 in OT.
“We made our free throws down the stretch,” said Community R-VI head coach Dave Smith. “That’s what makes a good coach when you have kids with that talent.”
While Smith wasn’t happy with the way his team played in the semifinals against a Sturgeon squad they beat the previous weekend, he was proud of how his team left with a trophy.
“This is a good tournament,” Smith said. “We were happy for the success we had over here.”
Early in the game, Sean Wilson’s 3-point play was followed by Conner Brooks’ basket to open the first quarter with a 10-0 run for the Trojans.
South Callaway quickly responded with a 7-0 run and cut the lead to three.
In the second quarter, Clay Thebeau scored four points as the Trojans led 23-21 at halftime.
South Callaway’s resilience began to pay off in the third quarter as they made a 6-0 run to open up a four point lead. Shane Myers’ late 3-pointer off the bench tied the game back at 32 heading into the fourth quarter.
Another Bulldogs’ 6-0 run gave them a six point edge in the fourth when the Trojans began taking advantage of trips to the free throw line.
The Trojans made 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth. South Callaway led by three with under 10 seconds left when Lane Thebeau took Wilson’s pass, dribbled to his left, and watched his 3-pointer hit off the front side of the rim before falling in to tie the game.
In overtime, Brooks’ 3-pointer was followed by Lane Thebeau’s steal and assist to Durham, who converted a 3-point play to give the Trojans a 53-47 edge as part of a 9-0 run.
Lane Thebeau led the Trojans with 13 points, three steals, three assists, and one rebound while Wilson tallied 12 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, and five assists. Durham had 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block; Clay Thebeau had seven points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists; Brooks finished with 11 points and four rebounds; Myers had three points and two rebounds; Kaleb Harris had one rebound and one steal; and Kyle Curtis had one rebound.
Community R-VI’s first-half defense held Westran to 14 points in the teams’ bout at the Sturgeon Tournament as the Trojans tallied 30 points in a 63-42 victory to move into the next round of tournament play.
Westran responded with a 15-11 run to win the third quarter but fell in the final frame after a late 22-13 Trojans run.
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans with 16 points and two steals; Wilson followed with 14 points and six rebounds; Brooks tallied nine points; Durham chipped in seven points with eight rebounds; Lane Thebeau had six points and six assists; Foreman added four points; and Myers had two points.
Falls to Sturgeon
The Trojans’ bench depth was held to single digits in a 68-39 loss to Sturgeon in the semifinals of the Sturgeon Tournament.
Sturgeon posted an early 20 points in the first quarter while holding the Trojans to seven points before adding another 19 points for a 39-20 edge at halftime.
Community R-VI narrowly lost the third after a 6-4 Sturgeon run.
sSturgeon finished the contest with another 20-point frame.
Durham led with nine points and eight rebounds with two assists; Wilson added six points; Tyler Mays had five points; the Thebeau brothers each chipped in four points; Ryan Kitchen had three points with the Trojans’ lone perimeter bucket; Doug Davenport added another three points; and Kaleb Harris and Kyle Curtis, who had five assists, chipped in two points each.