A 23-win season came to an end last Tuesday night in Kirksville when the Community R-VI boys basketball team once again battled undefeated Meadville in the state playoffs.
The Trojans, who lost to Meadville last season by just two points in the state quarterfinals, gave the eventual semifinalist everything they had early but lost the game, 59-49.
“Boys played well against an undefeated team,” said Community R-VI head boys basketball coach Kenneth Jett.
Both teams were tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter before the Trojans pushed ahead to lead 29-26 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Meadville began to find their swagger as they made five 3-pointers and outscored the Trojans 25-9.
Meadville held on in the fourth quarter and won the game by 10 points.
Senior Connor Brooks scored his 1,000th career point in the win as he finished with 14 points.
Clay Thebeau had 14 points, two rebounds, and one assist; Lane Thebeau tallied 11 points, three rebounds, and one assist; Kyle Curtis added eight points, four rebounds, and one assist; while Brandon Arens scored two points.
The loss meant it was the final game for the Trojans’ six seniors.
“Saying goodbye to our seniors Lane Thebeau, Clay Thebeau, Connor Brooks, Kyle Curtis, Brandon Arens, and Doug Davenport, is very difficult,” Jett said. “What they brought to our program will never be replaced.”