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R-VI boys split four games, beat Wellsville

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:27 am

Community R-VI’s Justin Gastler goes up strong against Sturgeon.

The Community R-VI Trojans kept their hopes at winning an EMO Small Conference title alive last week after knocking off rival Wellsville 44-37 on the road in overtime.
Wellsville appeared set for an upset as they jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter lead and led by seven points at halftime.
Community R-VI closed the gap to two points heading into the fourth quarter before tying the game late. In overtime, the Trojans dominated and outscored the Tigers 9-2 to hold on for the win in spite of making just 14-of-27 free throws.
“Wellsville got off to a hot start and we didn’t have much of an answer,” said Community R-VI head coach James Benson. “We got back in the game at the beginning of the third quarter. We made a real effort to get the ball to our bigs and they answered the call. Our defensive intensity in the second half gave us an opportunity to get into OT where we took over. Wellsville is always a tough place too play and coach (Todd) Cripe does great with them. I’m really proud of our team. That was a great conference win.”
Cameron Dubbert led the Trojans with 15 points and five rebounds while Sean Wilson tallied 10 points and three steals. Justin Durham had five points and four rebounds; Justin Gastler had four points; Austin Layman added two points and two assists; and two points were scored by Cameron Foreman, Clay Thebeau, Lane Thebeau, and Aaron Fairchild.
The Trojans continued their winning ways on Thursday with a 53-47 victory over MMA. Community R-VI led 25-22 at halftime and outscored MMA 28-25 in the second half to hold on for the six point victory.
Durham was a beast for the Trojans with 29 points, 10 rebounds after making five 3-pointers.
The Trojans held MMA’s Jared Roberts to 18 points.
“Justin Durham had a fantastic game,” Benson said. “They gave him enough room to hit some outside shots. When they took his outside shots away, they didn’t have an answer for him down low.”
Clay Thebeau finished with six points and Layman tallied five points, four assists, and two steals. Fairchild scored five points, Tyler Mays and Wilson had three points, while Dubbert and Lane Thebeau each scored two points.
The Trojans then hit a rough stretch in their busy week of games as they traveled to South Callaway and poor free throw shooting hurt them in a 54-46 loss to the Bulldogs. Community R-VI made just 12-of-26 free throws.
“That was a good game to get us ready for the rest of our conference schedule and districts,” Benson said. “Those games can and will come down to free throws.”
Wilson made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and four steals. Durham had nine points; Dubbert tallied six points and three rebounds; Clay Thebeau and Fairchild each had five points; Foreman added three points; Brennan Wells scored three points; Gastler added two points and three rebounds; and Layman tallied six assists and two steals.
On Monday night, the Trojans took on the No. 5 team in Class 2 in Sturgeon and had no answer for the Bulldogs in a 74-56 loss.
Sturgeon jumped out to a 24-6 first quarter lead behind an early 10-0 run as Durham’s 3-pointer four minutes into the game finally put Community R-VI on the board.
The Trojans turned the ball over eight times in the first.
Fortunately, Benson’s squad responded to the challenge of falling behind early as they put together a 29-15 run to cut the lead to 10 points early in the third quarter.
During that stretch, Lane Thebeau made two 3-pointers while Dubbert scored six points and Clay Thebeau had five points.
Unfortunately, for the Trojans, the Bulldogs offense woke up after the big run and extended the lead back to 20 points before the fourth quarter.
Lane Thebeau added three more 3-pointers in the fourth but Community R-VI couldn’t get much closer in the 18-point loss.
Sturgeon made 25-of-48 shots from the field and 18-of-30 free throws while the Trojans made 21-of-51 shots and 8-of-11 free throws. Community R-VI did turn the ball over 27 times.
“For them to get it back down to 10, I think they showed they’re getting better,” Benson said. “I had kids come off the bench and give us a spark we needed but the spark was too little too late.”
Wells had all six of his assists in the first half and scored one point while Lane Thebeau tallied 16 points behind five 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Durham had nine points, two rebounds, and two assists; Gastler added nine points, one rebound, and one steal; Dubbert had eight points and six rebounds; Clay Thebeau scored five points, two assists, and one rebound; Wilson had five points, one block, and one rebound; Fairchild had two points, two rebounds, and one steal; Tyler Mays had two rebounds; and Ryan Kitchen had one steal. The Community R-VI Trojans kept their hopes at winning an EMO Small Conference title alive last week after knocking off rival Wellsville 44-37 on the road in overtime.
Wellsville appeared set for an upset as they jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter lead and led by seven points at halftime.
Community R-VI closed the gap to two points heading into the fourth quarter before tying the game late. In overtime, the Trojans dominated and outscored the Tigers 9-2 to hold on for the win in spite of making just 14-of-27 free throws.
“Wellsville got off to a hot start and we didn’t have much of an answer,” said Community R-VI head coach James Benson. “We got back in the game at the beginning of the third quarter. We made a real effort to get the ball to our bigs and they answered the call. Our defensive intensity in the second half gave us an opportunity to get into OT where we took over. Wellsville is always a tough place too play and coach (Todd) Cripe does great with them. I’m really proud of our team. That was a great conference win.”
Cameron Dubbert led the Trojans with 15 points and five rebounds while Sean Wilson tallied 10 points and three steals. Justin Durham had five points and four rebounds; Justin Gastler had four points; Austin Layman added two points and two assists; and two points were scored by Cameron Foreman, Clay Thebeau, Lane Thebeau, and Aaron Fairchild.
The Trojans continued their winning ways on Thursday with a 53-47 victory over MMA. Community R-VI led 25-22 at halftime and outscored MMA 28-25 in the second half to hold on for the six point victory.
Durham was a beast for the Trojans with 29 points, 10 rebounds after making five 3-pointers.
The Trojans held MMA’s Jared Roberts to 18 points.
“Justin Durham had a fantastic game,” Benson said. “They gave him enough room to hit some outside shots. When they took his outside shots away, they didn’t have an answer for him down low.”
Clay Thebeau finished with six points and Layman tallied five points, four assists, and two steals. Fairchild scored five points, Tyler Mays and Wilson had three points, while Dubbert and Lane Thebeau each scored two points.
The Trojans then hit a rough stretch in their busy week of games as they traveled to South Callaway and poor free throw shooting hurt them in a 54-46 loss to the Bulldogs. Community R-VI made just 12-of-26 free throws.
“That was a good game to get us ready for the rest of our conference schedule and districts,” Benson said. “Those games can and will come down to free throws.”
Wilson made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and four steals. Durham had nine points; Dubbert tallied six points and three rebounds; Clay Thebeau and Fairchild each had five points; Foreman added three points; Brennan Wells scored three points; Gastler added two points and three rebounds; and Layman tallied six assists and two steals.
On Monday night, the Trojans took on the No. 5 team in Class 2 in Sturgeon and had no answer for the Bulldogs in a 74-56 loss.
Sturgeon jumped out to a 24-6 first quarter lead behind an early 10-0 run as Durham’s 3-pointer four minutes into the game finally put Community R-VI on the board.
The Trojans turned the ball over eight times in the first.
Fortunately, Benson’s squad responded to the challenge of falling behind early as they put together a 29-15 run to cut the lead to 10 points early in the third quarter.
During that stretch, Lane Thebeau made two 3-pointers while Dubbert scored six points and Clay Thebeau had five points.
Unfortunately, for the Trojans, the Bulldogs offense woke up after the big run and extended the lead back to 20 points before the fourth quarter.
Lane Thebeau added three more 3-pointers in the fourth but Community R-VI couldn’t get much closer in the 18-point loss.
Sturgeon made 25-of-48 shots from the field and 18-of-30 free throws while the Trojans made 21-of-51 shots and 8-of-11 free throws. Community R-VI did turn the ball over 27 times.
“For them to get it back down to 10, I think they showed they’re getting better,” Benson said. “I had kids come off the bench and give us a spark we needed but the spark was too little too late.”
Wells had all six of his assists in the first half and scored one point while Lane Thebeau tallied 16 points behind five 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Durham had nine points, two rebounds, and two assists; Gastler added nine points, one rebound, and one steal; Dubbert had eight points and six rebounds; Clay Thebeau scored five points, two assists, and one rebound; Wilson had five points, one block, and one rebound; Fairchild had two points, two rebounds, and one steal; Tyler Mays had two rebounds; and Ryan Kitchen had one steal.