The Community R-VI Trojans, as of February 4, are ranked No. 7 in the Class 1 poll released by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
They lived up to that ranking two days later when they hosted Wellsville for their Homecoming and won 52-42.
“We played ahead all night,” said Community R-VI head boys basketball coach Kenneth Jett, as his team improved to 6-1 in the EMO Conference.
“(We) controlled the pace. (It was a) good conference win for us.”
The Trojans opened the game by outscoring Wellsville 17-10 in the first quarter before pushing the lead to nine points at halftime.
Community R-VI outscored the Tigers 23-22 in the second half and held on to the 52-42 win over their nearby rival.
Lane Thebeau paced the Trojans with 19 points, five rebounds, and two steals while Clay Thebeau tallied nine points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Conner Brooks had seven points, three rebounds, and two steals; Anthony Fairchild added seven points and three rebounds; Kyle Curtis dropped in five points and four rebounds; while Brandon Arens added five points and two rebounds.
Earlier in the week, the Trojans beat a good Clopton team, 51-38.
Community R-VI held a 25-18 halftime lead and controlled the tempo in the second half for a 13-point victory.
With their other EMO Conference win over Wellsville, the Trojans are now 6-1 in the EMO Conference.
“The difference in the game is we controlled the tempo thanks to great guard play and Kyle Curtis, Brandon Arens, and Anthony Fairchild controlling the boards, especially in the second half,” Jett said.
The Trojans made 19-of-25 free throws in the win.
Brooks scored 20 points while Lane Thebeau had 15 points. Clay Thebeau added 14 points; Arens had one point and six rebounds; while Curtis tallied one point and 10 rebounds.
Loss to Westran
Just a couple of weeks after holding on for a tough four-point win over Westran in the first round of the Sturgeon Tournament, the roles were reversed in a game on a neutral court at Moberly Area Community College.
The Trojans held a 27-23 halftime lead before being outscored in the second half in a 54-52 loss.
“We were ahead the entire game and down the stretch made some bad decisions,” Jett said. “Poor free throw shooting beats you in a close game.”
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans with 16 points, five rebounds, and two steals while Brooks had 15 points, two assists, and two steals.
Lane Thebeau dropped in eight rebounds, three rebounds, and two assists; Fairchild scored seven points; Arens had four points and three rebounds; while Curtis tallied two points, three rebounds, and two steals.