Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas knew his Trojans would have to play some of their best basketball of the season in order to knock off the host Panthers in the first round of the Madison Tournament. His team responded to the challenge with some timely baskets and a solid defensive effort to defeat Madison, 65-53. The win gives the Trojans a match-up with No. 1 seed Van-Far in the semifinals on Wednesday, January 3 at 6 p.m.
A win puts them in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 6. A loss gives them a shot at third place at 4:30 p.m.
The victory also moved Community R-VI to .500 with a 5-5 overall record.
“I thought defensively we did a pretty good job on them,” Thomas said. “We took away some of the things they like to do and it threw them off.”
The Trojans trailed Madison 17-14 at the end of the first quarter before responding behind the play of Cordell Hollensteiner. Hollensteiner scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the second quarter to give Community R-VI a 31-28 halftime edge.
Community R-VI’s defense locked down on Madison in the third quarter with a 17-8 frame. The Trojans held off the Panthers the rest of the way for a 12-point win.
Hollensteiner had 31 points; Bobby Jett scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter; Eric Hombs scored nine points; Evan Hartsock added three points; and both Blaze Escamilla and Kyle Olighschlaeger scored two points.