For the second tournament in a row, the Community R-VI boys basketball team picked up two wins and left with some hardware last Saturday after they knocked off New Franklin in the third place game at Sturgeon, 53-48.
In the third place game, the Trojans jumped out to a 15-12 first quarter lead and maintained a two point edge at halftime.
Entering the fourth quarter with still a two point lead, the Trojans made 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch to win the game by five points.
“(It was a) tough defensive battle,” said Community R-VI head boys basketball coach Kenneth Jett. “Lane Thebeau stepped up big and Anthony Fairchild came off the bench to give us a big lift when we needed it. (We) got to the free throw line in the fourth quarter and went 9-for-12, which was a big part in us winning a game against a good opponent.”
Lane Thebeau finished with 18 points, three rebounds, and two assists while Clay Thebeau added 13 points and three rebounds. Conner Brooks tallied 12 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists; Fairchild had eight points; Brandon Arens scored two points; and Kyle Curtis had five rebounds and two assists.
Losing to South
In the semifinals, the Trojans ran into a strong South Callaway team with momentum carried over from its successful football season.
The Trojans trailed by just four points in the first quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away for a 14-point halftime lead.
South Callaway held on in the second half and hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to seal a 73-61 win.
“(We had) poor shooting in the second quarter and could not recover,” Jett said. “(They are a) very good basketball team we fell behind early…”
Brooks led the Trojans with six 3-pointers for 21 points and three assists while Clay Thebeau had 17 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.
Lane Thebeau scored 13 points; Curtis tallied six points and four rebounds; Arens had two points; and Fairchild scored one point.
Holding off Westran
The Trojans held off a gritty Westran team in the first round of the Sturgeon Tournament for a 59-55 win in overtime.
Lane Thebeau made key free throws in overtime and both Curtis and Arens picked up key rebounds to lift Community R-VI to the win.
“We did not shoot the ball especially in the fourth quarter,” Jett said. “We were flat all night and did not play one of our better games and Westran had something to do with that.”
Lane Thebeau had 25 points; Clay Thebeau scored 15; Brooks added nine points; Curtis tallied six points and seven rebounds; Arens had four points and six rebounds; and Fairchild added four points and four rebounds.