The Community R-VI varsity boys basketball team’s 64-42 conference victory over Silex Friday, February 8, made for a sweet end to Courtwarming for the squad.
“It was a great win for us, being a conference game and courtwarming — truly a great atmosphere for a high school game,” Smith said.
He said Silex came out early with a solid offensive strike that left the Trojans trailing 19-13 after the first quarter. Community R-VI rallied to win the second quarter 11-4 for a narrow 24-22 edge at the half.
“In the second half we made a few defensive changes and they struggled,” Smith said. “We forced them into some turnovers and took advantage of it.”
The Trojans’ change-up held Silex to seven points in the third before Community R-VI closed the contest on a 21-13 run for victory.
“We outscored Silex 30-to-11 in second and third quarters,” Smith said. “It was a nice win for us. We are playing well with a great team attitude and we hope to continue. It has been a great season so far and we want to keep rolling into districts.”
Lane Thebeau led with 17 points with three 3-pointers; Clay Thebeau followed with 12 points, 10 steals, and three assists; Sean Wilson tallied 12 points with seven rebounds; Justin Durham added eight points with five rebounds; Conner Brooks chipped in seven points with seven rebounds; Kyle Curtis had three points; and Keith Caldwell had two points.
After Westran guard Jacob Denslow’s first-quarter performance, Smith knew where to strike defensively to help pull out a win.
“In the first quarter, that Denslow kid came out and hit four threes,” Smith said.
Westran led 14-12 after the first and the Trojans narrowly won the second quarter 8-7 after chipping down Westran’s lead to one point, trailing 21-20.
The Trojans came out of the locker room to outscore Westran 13-8, building a 33-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the final frame, Community R-VI tallied 14 points to win it 47-38.
“In the second half, we basically shut Denslow down,” Smith said. “If he would have gone to get some popcorn, we would have had a guy go with him.”
“The kids played really hard defensively,” he said. “We forced them into quite a few turnovers and got a some lay ups out of it. It was a good win.”
Clay Thebeau led with 17 points and four steals; Lane Thebeau followed with 12 points, dropping two threes; Durham added eight points in the win with seven rebounds; Wilson chipped in six points, nine rebounds, and two assists; Brooks and Sean Myers each had two points. Brooks served out two assists.
Falls to Elsberry
Turnovers and poor offensive decisions helped a disciplined Elsberry Indians squad cut Community R-VI’s bench depth down in a 57-44 Trojans’ loss Tuesday, February 5.
“Offensively, we just made some very poor decisions,” Smith said. “It was an uphill battle all night long. (Elsberry) outplayed us. They deserved to win.”
The Indians came out of the gate with 15-point run in the first quarter, holding the Trojans to just four points. Community R-VI’s 11-9 drive to narrowly win the second quarter fell short as Elsberry held a 24-15 edge to end the half.
The Indians continued their assault in the third frame, posting 17 points and holding the Trojans’ offense again to single digits.
“We just did a very poor job defensively, especially on the guards,” Smith said.
The Trojans’ late 23-point rally fell short in the fourth for a 13-point Elsberry victory. Lane Thebeau posted 13 points and two steals; Wilson added 11 points with one three-pointer, and six rebounds; Lane Thebeau tallied nine points but fouled out of the game; Kaleb Harris had five points with one 3-pointer; and Durham had four points with eight rebounds.