A bitter taste was left in the mouths of the Community R-VI Trojans earlier this month when they left the third place game at the Madison Tournament without a trophy. Things were different in last week’s Sturgeon Tournament for the Trojans as this time they picked up a third place trophy after knocking off Madison 61-45.
“We had to make sure we limited their 3-point shooting,” said Community R-VI head coach James Benson. “We did a great job in doing that. Madison’s a very scrappy, good shooting team but they didn’t have an answer for our bigs. They all played great. Our guards did a great job handling the ball and their pressure…”
Madison’s scrappy style kept the Trojans on their heels in the first half as the Panthers led by two at the end of the first quarter and entered halftime up 27-23.
The Trojans responded in the second half by outscoring the Panthers 38-18. Community R-VI made 18-of-26 free throws in the victory.
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans with a game-high 17 points while Justin Durham had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Dubbert scored eight points; Justin Gastler tallied eight points and five rebounds; Brennan Wells scored four points; Sean Wilson added three points, seven rebounds, and two steals; Lane Thebeau had two points; Austin Layman added two points, five rebounds, and five assists; and Aaron Fairchild scored two points.
Before the third place game, the Trojans lost a heartbreaking 42-39 semifinal game to South Callaway.
Community R-VI dominated in the first half after jumping out to a 13-6 first quarter lead and holding on to their seven point edge at halftime.
Unfortunately, South Callaway made some adjustments in the second half and outscored the Trojans 27-17 before holding on for the three point victory.
“We had a great first half we executed offensively and were extremely physical defensively,” Benson said. “In the second half, the momentum shifted to them; credit them for adjusting and being more physical than we were in the second half. We have to find ways to close out games when we have a lead and putting pressure on the other team rather then ourselves.”
Layman led the Trojans with 10 points while Dubbert had 10 points and five rebounds. Wilson tallied four points and eight rebounds; Durham scored four points and six rebounds; Gastler had four points; Cameron Foreman added three points; and both Clay and Lane Thebeau scored two points.
In the first round, the Trojans jumped out to a 19-6 lead over New Bloomfield and never looked back in a 66-37 victory.
“Everyone contributed to the win,” Benson said.
“We needed to get off to a good start in the Sturgeon Tournament. We had a lot of players step up. Cameron Dubbert played extremely well with a double-double. Our pressure was great…”
Durham led the Trojans with 13 points and eight rebounds while Dubbert tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wilson added 11 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals; Clay Thebeau had 11 points; Layman had five points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists; Fairchild added four points; Wells scored four points; Lane Thebeau scored four points; and Ryan Kitchen added two points.