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The Troy Trojans Men’s basketball team pulled to a 2 and 2 record last week with a win over Wentzville Holt and a loss to Hazelwood East to finish out the week in their home Peoples Bank and Trust Tournament.
After losing their opening game of their own tournament to Elsberry, the Trojans came out strong against Wentzville Holt in their second round game. The Trojans played more aggressively on the defensive end of the court and shot the ball much better against a very solid Holt team. The Trojans outscored Holt 19-4 in the first quarter and continued their strong offensive and defensive attack into the second quarter to lead at half by a score of 31-15. Offensively, the Trojans went 12 for 19 from the field including 5 for 7 from 3 point range for the half.
The Trojans continued their aggressive style of play to outscore the Indians 17 to 8 in the third quarter to take a 48 to 23 lead going into the final period. The Trojans finished strong hitting 10 out of 12 free throws down the stretch to end up with an impressive 63 to 39 win. Troy hit on 22 for 36 from the field for a 61 percent field goal percentage, including a hot 7 for 11 from beyond the 3 point arch. Troy also shot 12 for 15 from the free throw stripe. Leading the way in scoring for Troy was Ben Chaney with 18, Landon Mills and JD Powell both added 13 each.
The Trojans would have a much different challenge and result on Friday night playing against a very athletic Hazelwood East team. The game was tight all the way down to the wire. Even though the Trojans did not have their hot hand shooting like they did the previous game against Holt, they kept the game tight with solid defense and were losing 16 to 13 after the first quarter. Troy played even against the athletic Spartans from Hazelwood East and trailed by a 26-23 halftime score. The Trojans only converted 7 out of 18 field goal attempts, and were only 3 for 10 from beyond the 3 point arch additionally, they only converted 6 for 12 from the free throw stripe in the first half.
The shooting struggles continued for the Trojans in the second half but Mills and Chaney both connected on a pair of 3 pointers each and Mills had 10 points and Chaney added 8 points in the third quarter and the Trojans went into the 4th quarter trailing the Spartans by 2 points at 43 to 41. The Spartans would turn up the defensive pressure in the final period and in spite of a 20 point output by the Trojans, Troy would fall short with a 67 to 61 loss. The Trojans only shot 18 out of 42 from the field including connecting on only 7 for 20 from beyond the 3 point arch. To add to their shooting troubles, they only hit on 8 out of 17 free throw attempts. Leading Troy in scoring was Chaney with 27 points, Mills with 18 points, and Powell with 12.
Article courtesy of Ron Mills.