The Community R-VI Trojans finished last week’s Sturgeon Tournament with a needed win over Paris in the seventh place game, 67-63, after losing their first two contests.
The Trojans led the entire game, sparked by a strong first half.
“We got a lot of stops and really executed our game plan,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas.
Community R-VI was up 15 with about three to four minutes left in the game before a late Paris charge cut their lead to two.
Freshmen Cadin Escamilla and Danny Kuda each hit big free throws in the final minute going 6-for-6 combined to seal the win at the free throw line.
No other statistics were made available at press time.
Close loss to
In the first round match-up with the host Bulldogs, Matt Gastler scored six points and Danny Kuda added five points in a 15-point first quarter.
Klayton Bosworth had two big 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Trojans put 29 points on the board in the first half.
Cadin Escamilla made two 3-pointers in the third quarter and Cordell Hollensteiner had five points in the fourth quarter to keep the game tied at 57-57 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Trojans made three 3-pointers but a shot went in and out with :10 seconds left.
Sturgeon pulled away with a 7-0 run to start overtime.
“Our effort level was outstanding,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas. “We played a complete 32 minutes. They took the early lead in OT with a ‘3’ and we just couldn’t get it back.”
Hollensteiner paced the Trojans with 19 points, three assists, and one rebound while Bosworth had 10 points, one rebound, and one assist.
Cadin Escamilla tallied 11 points, eight assists, and three rebounds; Eric Hombs chipped in nine points, six rebounds, and two assists; Gastler added eight points and 10 rebounds; Danny Kuda had five points, two rebounds, and one assist; and Adam Hombs scored four points, four rebounds, one assist, and he drew one charge.
In the Consolation semifinals, a rough first quarter was too much for the Trojans to overcome in a 59-33 loss to South Callaway.
Community R-VI had nine turnovers during a Bulldogs’ 12-0 run to start the game.
With 2:46 left in the first quarter, Hollensteiner converted a 3-point play for the Trojans first points of the game.
Down 18-8, the Trojans needed a spark and Coach Thomas tried to set the tone.
In arguing a couple of questionable calls, he received a technical foul.
This resulted in his team responding with an 8-0 run to knock a 15-point lead down to seven points.
Unfortunately, South Callaway responded later with their own 8-0 run for a 32-19 halftime lead.
Danny Kuda scored all five of the Trojans points in the third quarter as South Callaway opened up a 22-point edge.
After having a 7-0 run in the third quarter, the Bulldogs added one more in the final frame to cruise to a 26-point win.
“South Callaway outworked and out-hustled us in every aspect of the game,” Thomas said. “We just didn’t have any fire. They got on us early and we just couldn’t do much after that.”
In the loss, the Trojans made 15-of-37 shots from the field but had just two free throw attempts. They also had 21 turnovers in the loss.
South Callaway made 21-of-44 shots from the field and were perfect at the free throw line at 13-for-13. They also had 16 turnovers.
Hollensteiner led the Trojans with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Danny Kuda had 10 points.
Gastler scored four points, five rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal; Cadin Escamilla added four points, three assists, and one rebound; Eric Hombs had two points, three rebounds, and two assists; Adam Hombs had three rebounds, one steal, and one assist; while both Klayton Bosworth and Phillip Doms had one rebound.
Information from the 7th place game wasn’t made available at press time.