The Community R-VI boys basketball team entered last week’s Madison Tournament with the hopes of reaching the championship game.
Unfortunately, they followed a first round victory with tough losses to state-ranked Cairo and Hallsville to finish fourth.
“We came up against a couple of very good teams and two good players (Francis and Roberts),” said Community R-VI head coach Kenneth Jett. “Too many obstacles to overcome with two starters out playing a rested team after a physically testing night on Friday.”
In the third place game, the Trojans faced a state-ranked Cairo team that was upset one night earlier without the services of Lane Thebeau in the first half. Lane received a technical in the semifinals and was forced to sit out the first half in the Cairo game.
After the game started on a rare technical foul, Cairo started with a 7-0 run.
Clay Thebeau scored four points as the Trojans trailed 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.
An 8-0 run carrying into the second quarter helped Cairo take a 30-12 halftime lead.
Cairo outscored the Trojans 40-27 in the second half to cruise to a 70-39 victory.
Cairo made 26-of-49 shots from the field while the Trojans made just 15-of-45.
“Another poor shooting night,” Jett said. “We played the worst game of the year with two starters out and we could not get in a rhythm.”
Conner Brooks led the Trojans with 16 points, two steals, two assists, and one block while Clay Thebeau tallied 16 points, three rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Lane Thebeau had five points, four rebounds, and three assists; Kyle Curtis had two points, seven rebounds, and one steal; Anthony Fairchild added three rebounds and one assist; Shane Myers tallied three rebounds and one steal; and Brandon Arens had two rebounds.
In the semifinals, Community R-VI tied the defending Class 2 state champions at 23 all heading into halftime. Unfortunately, they were outscored 34-20 in the second half of a 57-43 loss.
“We shot the ball poorly and it caught up with us in the third quarter,” Jett said.
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans with 16 points. Brooks had 14 points and Curtis had eight rebounds.
In the first round of the Madison Tournament, the Trojans led the host Panthers 24-17 at halftime before holding on for a 46-30 win.
Community R-VI struggled from the line, making just 8-of-21 free throws.
Brooks and Lane Thebeau each led the team with 14 points. Clay Thebeau added nine points and Curtis had 10 rebounds.
Winning at Gary Filbert
The Trojans won their game at the Gary Filbert Classic after Clay Thebeau hit the go-ahead basket with six seconds left on the clock against Greenfield. Community R-VI led 21-20 at halftime and rallied late for a 47-46 victory.
Brooks scored a team-high 18 points. Clay Thebeau had 15 points and Curtis had 11 rebounds.