Community R-VI’s boys game against Louisiana last Thursday night featured a little bit of everything. The game included the Trojans coach getting ejected and a last second shot. The result was a tough 57-56 loss for Community R-VI at home to Louisiana.
“We gave up a buzzer beater to (Marshall) Corbin,” said Community R-VI head coach Kenneth Jett. “It was a tough loss but a game to build on.”
Louisiana began to pull away early in the first quarter after making an 8-0 run to take a 16-4 lead.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 18-7 when Louisiana made a basket in the paint after an apparent no-call for over-the-back. Jett was concerned about officiating in the preceding junior varsity game as three of his players had bloody noses.
He decided to speak up after the apparent no-call and first received a technical before being ejected from the game.
The Bulldogs then made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push their lead to 22-7 at the end of the quarter.
With Jett in his office, his players responded in the second quarter.
The Trojans started the second with an 11-4 run after forcing five turnovers to cut the lead to 26-20.
Clay Thebeau scored 11 points and Conner Brooks added seven points in the quarter.
Kyle Curtis did score a late basket to cut the lead to four points before Louisiana took a 33-27 lead into halftime.
Community R-VI had no turnovers in the half while their defense forced eight turnovers. Louisiana made 13-of-22 shots from the field in the first two quarters.
In the third quarter, Shane Myers came off the bench to hit a big 3-pointer to cut the lead to two points. Brooks made a basket with :38 seconds left in the quarter to tie things at 44.
In the fourth quarter, the Trojans made a 5-0 run to take a 49-46 lead.
Clay Thebeau scored late to keep things at 56-55. With 15.3 seconds left on the clock, Louisiana called a timeout. After one missed shot, Curtis nearly grabbed a rebound before the ball deflected off his hand.
Louisiana inbounded the ball with 2.7 seconds left in the game. Though Brooks tipped the pass, the clock didn’t start until Zach Richardson caught the ball. He shot a short air ball that was caught in mid-air by Corbin, who put the ball up off the backboard and in as time expired to win the game.
“Louisiana is a good physical team who will do nothing but help us down the stretch,” Jett said.
Clay Thebeau scored a team-high 24 points, six steals, one block, three rebounds, and two assists while Brooks tallied 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Curtis had seven points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Kaleb Harris had three points, five rebounds, and two assists; Myers tallied three points, one steal, and one assist; Lane Thebeau had two points, one block, one steal, and one rebound; Doug Davenport had one steal; and Anthony Fairchild added one assist.
Earlier in the week, the Trojans pushed their EMO Conference record to 4-0 after holding off North Callaway, 56-42.
Community R-VI jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead at home and pushed their edge to 18 points at halftime.
North Callaway cut into the Trojans’ lead in the third before falling late by 14 points.
Community R-VI made 14-of-21 free throws in the victory. Harris had four big points in the fourth quarter.
“(We played) great defense in the first half and held them to eight points,” Jett said. “The boys played hard the whole game. We knew North Callaway would make a run at us (and we) took care of the ball in the fourth quarter.”
Curtis, who was coming off a 24 rebound night against Wellsville, finished with a double-double. He had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Clay Thebeau scored a team-high 17 points. Both Lane Thebeau and Brooks had 11 points.