The Community R-VI Trojans boys basketball team entered the Madison Tournament as the No. 4 seed ready to receive a challenge from No. 5 seed Paris.
The undefeated Trojans showed they should be a top four seed as they destroyed the Coyotes 46-19.
The Trojans’ defense forced Paris to make just 8-of-36 shots from the field and to turnover the ball 32 times.
“Defensively we were great,” said Community R-VI James Benson. “We were active and made them turn the ball over. This was a complete team win. Every one contributed.”
Both teams were sloppy early as they combined for 13 turnovers and no points during the first four minutes. Community R-VI got the break they needed with an 8-0 run in the first quarter behind Sean Wilson’s two 3-pointers.
The Trojans had six different players score from the field in the second. Justin Gastler scored five points and Lane Thebeau nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Community R-VI up 27-9 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Paris made just 1-of-10 shots from the field as R-VI won an ugly quarter 6-2.
Cameron Dubbert helped put the game away for good in the fourth quarter thanks to assists from Wells on six points. Lane Thebeau’s late two points sealed a 6-0 run before the Trojans held on for a 27-point victory.
Dubbert finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, and one steal while Wilson had 11 points, six rebounds, four blocks, two steals, and two assists. Gastler had seven points, five rebounds and one block; Lane Thebeau had five points, one assist, and one steal; Wells tallied four points, three assists, and one steal; Clay Thebeau had two points, two rebounds, and one steal; Aaron Fairchild had two points, seven steals, three rebounds, and one assist; Justin Durham tallied two points, two steals, two assists, and one rebound; Austin Layman had one point, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal; and Cameron Foreman has two steals.
Paris made just 8-of-36 shots from the field while turning the ball over 32 times in the loss.
The Lady Trojans made 18-of-43 shots from the field. In the semifinals, the Trojans ran into state-ranked Salisbury and lost their first game of the season 62-27.
Salisbury jumped out to a 17-2 first quarter lead and led by 23 points at halftime before winning the game easily by 35.
“They definitely deserve to be the No. 1 team in the state,” Benson said. “Our boys worked hard and played well. Salisbury’s size, length, and athleticism was far superior. I was proud of how hard our boys played.”
Gastler nearly had a double-double with seven points and nine rebounds; Durham tallied seven points and seven rebounds; Dubbert added five point; Lane Thebeau had three points; and both Wells and Clay Thebeau had two points.
In the third place game, the Trojans’ hopes to start another winning streak ended in a tough 60-47 loss to Cairo.
Community R-VI trailed 28-16 at halftime before being outscored 32-31 in the second half to lose by 13 points.
The Trojans took just 10 free throws while Cairo made 18-of-32.
“We had a hard time handling the pressure to start the game,” Benson said. “We weren’t very good at looking to attack their zone defense or getting the ball to the post for our bigs to work. We had a very good fourth quarter but it was too little too late. We’ve played two good teams this week and playing them will and has made us better.”
Clay Thebeau had nine points, Durham scored eight points, and Layman tallied six points and four assists. Dubbert added six points and six rebounds; Wells had seven points; Wilson had five points; Gastler tallied four points and five rebounds; Lane Thebeau had two points; and Cameron Foreman added five rebounds.