The Community R-VI boys basketball team was looking to see two hopes become a reality last Saturday in their third place game against Cairo in the Madison Tournament.
The Trojans were wanting to leave Madison with some hardware and were looking forward to celebrate 1,000 career points scored by Clay Thebeau.
Fortunately, Community R-VI enjoyed both moments in an impressive 57-49 victory over Cairo.
Clay Thebeau scored his 1,000th career point with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter when he hit a 3-pointer after receiving an assist from his brother Lane Thebeau.
Clay Thebeau has since received a certificate to mark his accomplishment.
At the beginning of the third place game, the Trojans started on a 6-0 run and took an 8-2 lead before Cairo charged back with a 10-0 run.
Community R-VI trailed 12-10 and traded baskets with Cairo before getting a spark off the bench from Doug Davenport. Davenport deflected one ball that led to two points and then picked up an assist on Conner Brooks’ 3-pointer to tie the game at 16-.
The Trojans then put together an 8-0 run and entered halftime with a 24-20 edge.
The Trojans made just 9-of-31 shots from the field in the half but did win the turnover battle 11-4.
Before Thebeau scored his 1,000th career point in the third, he added two other key baskets.
Brooks scored seven points and helped the Trojans push their lead to 14 points heading into the final frame.
Cairo made a 7-0 run late in the game to cut the lead to eight but didn’t get any closer in the eight point loss.
The Trojans made 23-of-57 shots from the field in the win after making 14-of-26 shots in the second half. The defense forced Cairo to turn the ball over 20 times.
Brooks led the Trojans with 22 points, eight steals, seven rebounds, and three assists while Clay Thebeau tallied 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Brandon Arens added 10 points and three rebounds; Lane Thebeau had nine points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals; Davenport added four points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Matt Gastler had two points; and Anthony Fairchild had two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Beat rival Van-Far
The Trojans opened the Madison Tournament by holding off rival Van-Far for a 43-33 victory.
Community R-VI held a slim 13-9 first quarter lead and opened their edge up to 10 points at halftime.
Van-Far cut the lead down to just four points in the third quarter and trailed by just five points with one minute left in the game but the Trojans were able to seal the win.
“Not a good game for us but Van-Far had something to do with that (and) played a good game,” Jett said. “We were without Kyle Curtis, which hurt us but Lane came through with a big game.”
Lane Thebeau scored a team-high 20 points. Clay Thebeau added six points and six assists; Davenport had six points; Brooks added five points, and Arens had four points.
Loss to Hallsville
In the semifinals, the No. 2 seed ran into a tough No. 3 seeded team in Hallsville and lost 71-54.
Community R-VI held a slim 12-9 lead early but were outscored 24-12 in the second quarter to find themselves trailing 33-24 at halftime.
Hallsville continue to shoot the ball well in the second half and added 38 points for a 17-point win.
“They were just too deep and shot the ball well,” Jett said. “(With) Kyle Curtis still out with injury, (we) wore down in the fourth quarter.”
Brooks led the Trojans with 19 points. Lane Thebeau had 18 points, Clay Thebeau added 10 points, and Arens scored seven points.