The Community R-VI boys basketball team managed to play themselves into the Consolation finals of last week’s always tough Sturgeon Tournament.
Unfortunately, they were not able to take home any hardware after they lost their final game to finish sixth.
In their Consolation semifinals victory over Paris, the Trojans scored 20 points in the first quarter to take an early six-point lead.
They pushed the lead to eight at halftime.
The Trojans continued to control the game on both sides of the ball in the second half and cruised to a 62-48 win.
“It was a good win for us,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas. “That got us to seven wins and that’s what we had last year. So really proud of our guys.”
Seven different Trojans scored in the win.
Bobby Jett led the team with 17 points after scoring all of his points in the first half.
Blaze Escamilla, Cordell Hollensteiner, and Eric Hombs each scored 12 points; Evan Hartsock had four points; Kyle Oligschlaeger had three points; and Jaryn Kuda scored two points.
In the Consolation Championship, the Trojans trailed by five points at halftime.
Community R-VI was down eight at the end of the third quarter before pushing the lead to double digits in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans did manage to cut the lead to three but couldn’t get any closer in a 56-51 loss to Salisbury.
“We were just sluggish offensively all day long,” Thomas said.
Jett led the offense with seven 3-pointers and 23 points. Hollensteiner had 11 points; both Hartsock and Hombs had five points; Oligschlaeger scored four points; and Escamilla added three points.
Community R-VI opened the tournament with the host Sturgeon Bulldogs. The Trojans struggled in the first half, trailing 24-13 at halftime.
Sturgeon sealed the game from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, making 16-of-21 shots in the 58-53 victory.
“We had a bad second quarter,” Thomas said. “Didn’t get defensive stops, turned it over too much, and didn’t score.”
Jett led the Trojans with 33 points after scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Hombs had eight points; Escamilla and Hartsock both added five points; and Kuda scored two points.
Hollensteiner did not play in the loss.