After knocking off Van-Far in the first round of the Madison Tournament and falling to Salisbury the following game, the Community R-VI boys basketball team edged a tough, No. 2 seed Hallsville squad late to clinch the third place spot.
The Trojans posted 12 points in the first quarter to lead Hallsville by two with the Indians winning the second quarter 20-17 for a 29-29 halftime tie.
Hallsville won the third quarter 18-14 for a 47-43 lead before the Trojans rallied with 19-points in the final quarter for a 62-57 victory in the final minute of the game.
“(Hallsville) guards well; they have some kids that can really shoot the ball, and physically they are very strong,” Community R-VI head coach Dave Smith said.
After halftime, Smith said the Trojans guarded clean, handled the ball well, and were aggressive with attacks to the inside lane — landing Hallsville in foul trouble that handed the Trojans 15 overall points from the line.
On the defensive side of the ball, “we guarded them well,” he said.
“They were only 3-for-7 from the line — that was a big difference in the game.”
He said timely three pointers from Clay Thebeau and Sean Wilson at the start of the fourth quarter set the Trojans on the path to victory.
Clay Thebeau posted 19 points with six rebounds and three steals; Connor Brooks chipped in 12 points; Lane Thebeau added eight points with four assists and three steals; Kaleb Harris, Justin Durham, and Kyle Curtis each had six points; and Sean Wilson tallied four points with four assists.
“I was thrilled with the way we played, they were a dang good team and we’re excited about it,” Smith said.
Falls to Salisbury
Before taking third place, the Trojans lost to Salisbury 57-34 in the semifinals.
Community R-VI pulled away early 17-8 in the first quarter but were shutout in the second as Salisbury posted 13 points for a 21-17 lead at halftime. Salisbury won the third quarter 18-7 and the fourth quarter 18-10 in the win.
“(Salisbury) is long and athletic,” Smith said.
“We played well in the first half, especially the first quarter. The second half was a different story. We turned the ball over and shot 30 percent from the field. We would like the opportunity to play them again.”
Clay Thebeau led with 10 points; Justin Durham had six points with eight rebounds; Lane Thebeau tallied five points; Kyle Curtis and Connor Brooks each had four points; and Sean Wilson had three points with four steals.
“It was a good tournament we played well,” Smith said.
“We just want to continue to get better and hopefully when districts come around, we’ll be playing our best and compete for the district championship.”