The Community R-VI Trojans basketball team had a tough Madison Tournament last week though the young team gained needed experience in their three losses.
The Trojans opened the tournament against a tough Class 5 Battle JV program, led by former Van-Far coach Brian Meny, and lost 70-43.
Community R-VI trailed by 15 at the end of the first quarter before cutting the lead to seven with a minute left before halftime. Unfortunately, Battle JV responded with a big 3-pointer and an uncontested layup to go up 12 at the break.
“We couldn’t recover after that and had another bad third quarter getting outscored 20-8,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas.
Cordell Hollensteiner led the Trojans with 20 points, Cadin Escamilla added 14 points, Nathan Gastler had four points, both Jaryn Kuda and Danny Kuda scored two points, while Matt Gastler had one point.
In the Consolation semifinals, the Trojans led the game through three quarters against Cairo before scoring only six points in the final frame in a 53-42 loss.
“Turnovers, bad shot selection, and we ran out of gas in the fourth,” Thomas noted.
“We had a lot of shots go in and out and just not fall.”
Hollensteiner scored a team-high 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists while Eric Hombs added nine points, three rebounds, and one assist.
Cadin Escamilla had seven points, three assists, and two rebounds; Danny Kuda scored three points and one rebound; Matt Gastler added two points, six rebounds, and one assist; and Adam Hombs had three rebounds and drew one charge.
In the 7th place game, the Trojans led host Madison for three quarters before losing, 49-36.
Community R-VI was unable to score a point in the final four minutes while being outscored 21-7.
“We have to find guys who want to get defensive stops late in games,” Thomas said.
Cadin Escamilla led the Trojans with 15 points, Hollensteiner had nine points, Eric Hombs scored six points, while Matt Gastler, Adam Hombs, and Danny Kuda each had two points.
The Trojans are now 3-7 on the season.