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Community R-VI’s Class 1, District 9 championship game against Glasgow could be described as two heavyweight boxers slugging to the final bell.
Both teams traded big baskets in the fourth quarter before Clay Thebeau hit Sean Wilson with an assist on his 3-point shot with 46.1 seconds left in the game to tie things at 47.
“That came out of our open post offense,” said Community R-VI head coach Dave Smith. “It was what we were looking for and what we got; we were fortunate enough to make it.”
Clay Thebeau’s shot with under 10 seconds left hit off the rim, Justin Durham’s shot was blocked, and Lane Thebeau’s shot bounced off the rim as time expired to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Glasgow went up three points on a basket with 52 seconds left. After a Glasgow player missed a critical free throw up 52-51 with 24.7 seconds remaining, the Trojans, who only had 12 total turnovers in the game, turned the ball over on an errant pass with 12.8 seconds left.
Another missed free throw was followed by R-VI dribbling the ball past half court and calling a timeout with 3.1 seconds left.
Unfortunately, Clay Thebeau’s shot inside the paint was blocked. A following inbound pass was nearly stolen by Glasgow and bounced out of bounds with 0.5 seconds left. The Trojans’ season then came to an end when Lane Thebeau’s pass to Sean Wilson was on target but Wilson had to quickly get the ball out of his hands while catching the ball in the air to launch a shot at the buzzer that didn’t fall in, giving Glasgow a 52-51 victory.
“The Glasgow coach said that 1-5 we were as good as anybody they’ve played all year,” Smith said. “It was a classic high school basketball game.
There were several lead changes in the first half. In the first quarter, the Thebeau brothers combined for 11 of the team’s 13 points as the Trojans trailed 15-13.
Community R-VI led the charge in the second half and were up 23-21 before a 3-pointer at the buzzer put Glasgow ahead 24-23 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Trojans had an 8-0 run to take a five point lead that was unfortunately followed by a 9-0 run from Glasgow to put Community R-VI down four points heading into the fourth quarter.
Wilson made two 3-pointers and Durham added a big 3-pointer in the fourth before the game went into overtime.
Community R-VI made 20-of-47 shots from the field and 3-of-5 free throws in the loss. Both teams combined to take just 10 free throw shots.
Wilson led the Trojans with six rebounds, four blocks, four steals, and two assists while Clay Thebeau had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Conner Brooks had nine points, three rebounds, one steal, and one block; Lane Thebeau tallied seven points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block; and Durham added seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal. The Trojans finished the year with a 21-6 record and took second in the EMO Conference at 7-2.
“Obviously, we had a very fine season; we’re sorry it’s over,” Smith said.
“We really thought if we could get past Glasgow that we’d have a chance to get to Columbia. The young men practiced hard and played hard. I had absolutely no issues off the floor. Their just a good group of men to be around. Taking second in a good basketball conference with us being the only 1A school, I think that was pretty impressive. It was a wonderful year.”
The loss meant it was the final game for Community R-VI’s seniors.
“Obviously, they’re very special,” Smith said. “They’re not only outstanding basketball players but leaders in the school; their parents have done an excellent job raising them. They’re going to be sorely missed and I think each and every one of them is going to be successful in life.”
Community R-VI knocked off Calvary Lutheran 48-29 in the first round of the Class 1, District 9 tournament.
The Trojans won the first quarter 6-4 before holding Lutheran to just four points in the second for a 20-8 lead at the half.
In the second half, Community R-VI narrowly won the third quarter 11-10, winning the fourth 13-11 for a 19-points victory.
Durham led the Trojans with 12 points with seven rebounds; Lane Thebeau followed at 12 points with two three-pointers; Wilson tallied seven points with three assists and three steals; Brooks chipped in five points with one three pointer; Clay Thebeau had five points with six assists; Sean Myers had three points with three assists; and Kyle Curtis, Doug Davenport, and Cameron Foreman each had two points.
In the semifinals, the Trojans defeated Chamois 54-46. No statistics were provided as of press time.