Entering their game with rival Van-Far last Friday night as the No. 3 team in Class 1, the Community R-VI boys basketball team was hoping to make its Trojan Crowning evening a special one with a victory.
After Van-Far’s Sharrod Connor hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Trojans rallied with a 14-0 run and never looked back in a 62-32 victory.
“You can’t turn the ball over and let a good team like this get easy buckets and get their rhythm going,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway, on his team that was outscored in the paint, 36-10. “We had way too many unforced turnovers and we gave them too many easy looks in the paint.”
Lane Thebeau scored eight of his 18 points in the opening quarter to help Van-Far take a 17-7 lead. Josh Hodde scored four early points for the Indians. Community R-VI opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run. Conner Brooks scored six of his game-high 19 points in the frame to give the Trojans a 33-12 halftime edge.
Community R-VI made 15-of-30 shots from the field in the first half while Van-Far made just 5-of-22 shots and turned the ball over 10 times.
The Trojans hit the accelerator in the third quarter as Brooks and Lane Thebeau combined to score 19 of the team’s 23 points. Brandon Arens scored four points to push the lead to 56-19. Van-Far’s Nick Barnes did score five points in the third.
With the mercy clock in effect in the fourth quarter, the Trojans held off four late Van-Far 3-pointers to win the game by 30 points.
Community R-VI made 27-of-50 shots from the field and turned the ball over just five times.
Brooks had 19 points, six rebounds, three steals, and three assists while Lane Thebeau tallied 18 points, four steals, three rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. Arens tallied nine points, five rebounds, and one steal; Kyle Curtis had seven points, four rebounds, and one assist; Doug Davenport dropped in five points and two rebounds; Anthony Fairchild added four points, four rebounds, and two assists; Clay Thebeau tallied six assists, four steals, four rebounds, and one block; while both Jamie Householder and Matt Gastler had one rebound.
The Indians turned the ball over 17 times and didn’t shoot a free throw until the fourth quarter, making just 1-of-4.
They also shot just 12-of-44 from the field.
Barnes made four 3-pointers and had 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hodde added six points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Lathyn McMorris had six points and two rebounds; Connor added five points, six rebounds, and three assists; Lucas Robinson added two rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Trenton DeTienne scored one point and had four rebounds; Cameron Perkins had one steal and one rebound; Brayden Christian had three rebounds; and Wyatt McDowell added two rebounds.
“Right now we are still searching for our rotations and trying to find out who fits in where,” Connaway said. “We are getting some freshmen a lot of minutes which is good, but it does take time for them to get a feel for the game and for the older kids to get a feel for them. I told the kids don’t hit the panic button. We have played three games and all three games were one the road against three very good teams. We need to learn from our mistakes, keep working hard, and keep getting better.”