Two big victories last week have pushed the Community R-VI boys basketball team’s record over .500.
The Trojans opened the week with 13 three-pointers in a 68-64 victory over Cairo. Community R-VI’s win pushed their Central Activities Conference record to 2-2.
Against Cairo, the Trojans found themselves down six at the end of the first quarter. Blaze Escamilla led the comeback charge in the second quarter as he made four three-pointers. Eric Hombs added a three-pointer as the Trojans outscored Cairo 26-15 to take a 35-30 halftime lead.
Blaze Escamilla added three more three-pointers in the third while Caden Escamilla added seven points to keep the Trojans’ lead at two points.
In the fourth quarter, three players scored at least five points to help Community R-VI hold on late for a four-point victory. Blaze Escamilla finished with 24 points behind eight three-pointers; Caden Escamilla had 19 points; Hombs scored 10 points; Evan Hartsock had nine points; Danny Kuda scored five points; and Kyle Oligschlaeger added one point.
“Guys played really well,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas. “We got down early and fought back. We shot the ball well hitting 13 threes. Blaze was on fire hitting eight of them. We got some big stops late to pull it out.”
The Trojans finished the week by finding a way to pull out a 66-58 victory over Paris in spite of making just 7-of-24 three-pointers. Paris led by one at the end of the first quarter before Community R-VI won the second quarter 19-11 for a 32-25 halftime lead.
The Trojans did just enough in the second half to hold on for the eight point win. Caden Escamilla led the Trojans with 28 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Hombs tallied 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Blaze Escamilla scored nine points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals; Hartsock had nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block; Kuda scored six points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals; Garrret Schmidt had three points and one steal; and Oligschlaeger added four rebounds.
“This was a grind win,” Thomas said as his team’s record is now 8-7 overall. “We didn’t shoot it from three extremely well, so we had to find other ways to score. Really proud of our effort in a really tough environment.”