The Community R-VI boys basketball team won just nine games a season ago and opened the 2018-19 schedule with aspirations of returning the program to its winnings ways.
After the Trojans swept the Jamobree against Montgomery County, Silex, and Wright City, it appears Community R-VI is on it way to making this year a memorable one.
“One thing I thought we did well, I thought we executed,” Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas said of his team’s performance in the Jamboree. “We were in the right gaps. We did a pretty good job of rebounding…Just executing, switching screens…”
Key returners to this year’s team include Evan Hartsock, Eric Hombs, Blaze Escamilla, and Kyle Oligschlaeger.
Danny Kuda also returns to the team from a back injury.
Caden Escamilla, who was a starter during his freshman season, also returns to the program.
Offensively, Thomas is looking for his team to “get out and run a little.” He said it is key for his squad to execute in the half court while being patient.
Defensively, the Trojans will focus on using a man defense and use some zone when needed.
This season will be the Trojans first in the Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.), which features an opportunity to create new rivalries.
Community R-VI is part of the C.A.C. East, which also includes Sturgeon, Madison, and Cairo. They will play a home-and-away schedule with those teams.
Meanwhile, they will play the C.A.C. West teams just one time. Those teams include Glasgow, Slater, Pilot Grove, and New Franklin.
Thomas said the C.A.C. is a tough conference as it includes a Slater squad that was in the quarterfinals a year ago.