The Community R-VI Trojans, who have been playing some of their better basketball of the season heading into last week’s Sturgeon Tournament, made an impressive showing as the No. 5 seed.
The Trojans picked up two wins before falling short in the championship game, though they left Sturgeon with a second place trophy.
“It was a really good week for us,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas. “We got two wins in the tournament, which was our goal. Really proud of the fight we showed all week.”
In the championship game against the host Bulldogs, the Trojans trailed by four at the end of the first quarter before cutting the lead to one at halftime.
Unfortunately, Sturgeon pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Trojans 13-4 before holding on late for the 59-48 victory.
Blaze Escamilla led the Trojans with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block while Eric Hombs had 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
Caden Escamilla tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists; Danny Kuda scored five points, four rebounds, and one steal; Evan Hartsock had four points, seven rebounds, and two assists; and Kyle Oligschlaeger added five rebounds.
In the semifinals, the Trojans managed to get by a Central Activities Conference (C.A.C.) foe in New Franklin, as they picked up a 34-31 win in spite of the offense scoring more than 10 points in just one quarter.
Defensively, Community R-VI held New Franklin to just two points in the first quarter.
Caden Escamilla had 17 points and two assists; Blaze Escamilla scored seven points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Hombs added six points, three rebounds, and one assist; Kuda scored four points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block; Hartsock had three blocks, four rebounds, and one steal; Garrett Schmidt had one rebound; and Oligschlaeger had two rebounds.
In the first round, the Trojans made eight three-pointers in the first half before making 8-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 54-47 win over New Bloomfield.
Caden Escamilla finished with 16 points; both Blaze Escamilla and Hombs had 13 points; and both Hartsock and Kuda scored six points.