The Community R-VI Trojans struggled early against Wellsvile in their final game before Christmas Break but rallied to pick up an easy 67-48 victory.
The Trojans are now 2-0 in the EMO Conference and enter the Christmas season with a 4-0 overall record.
“I’ve had a lot of people at school and retired coach Brinck say he can’t remember when R-VI was 4-0 to start the year,” said Community R-VI head coach James Benson. “The boys had a goal to be undefeated before Christmas and we worked hard to achieve that.”
Benson said his team’s bench players have really sparked the Trojans this season and his team’s practices have helped the team succeed.
“Our bench has been fantastic,” he added.
“We put new kids off the bench and they give us the spark we need…Day in and day out the kids are getting after each other in practice; it’s fun. We’ve been having parents come watch practice because the kids go home and talk about the intensity of their practices. I’ve been really proud of our intensity and focus and them wanting to make themselves better as a team.”
In the game against Wellsville, the Tigers jumped out to a surprising 17-9 lead in the first quarter before the Trojans responded by outscoring the Tigers 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 29-23 halftime lead.
Community R-VI outscored Wellsville 58-31 in the final three quarters.
“It’s hard to put a finger on it as a coach,” Benson said about his team’s slow start.
“We just didn’t defend well. The boys finally calmed down and did a good job offensively executing and defensively getting them to turn the ball over.”
Sean Wilson led the Trojans with 16 points, seven steals, and four assists while Justin Gastler tallied eight points and eight rebounds.
Aaron Fairchild scored all 11 of his points in the second half; Justin Durham tallied seven points and five rebounds; Clay Theabeau had eight points; Brennan Wells and Lane Thebeau each scored five points; Austin Layman and Ryan Kitchen each added three points; and Cameron Foreman scored two points.