By DAN FOX
In recent weeks the Trojans took on a number of tough challengers, and are still working hard and looking ahead despite some rough battles.
“We played a really good De Smet team and lost at their place in a close one, and then lost a couple close ones down at the holiday tournament down at Meramec Community College,” coach Dan Moore said. “Kind of the storyline of our season so far: close but no cigar. But I think playing that really hard schedule early on is going to really help us going into conference play.”
The Trojans are a young team, but Moore said he’s been seeing improvements throughout the season in his players.
“We’ve been leaning on Jim King, our 6’6” senior, big man,” Moore said. “He put up pretty good numbers down at the tournament. We’re starting a couple sophomores but since they’ve started 11 games now, they’re not acting quite like sophomores, more like a junior or senior.
“That’s kind of what I look forward to in the second half once we get into conference play, is those growing pains should be over.”
After their Jan. 4 game against Timberland, the Trojans will have a home game on Jan. 8. It’s more or less conference matches until the end of the season, with the exception of a tourney at Fort Zumwalt North at the end of the month.
The tourney will let the Trojans briefly escape the gauntlet of conference games against the same teams and get some healthy experience against new competition.
Despite the trials of the last few games and taking a few beatings, Moore said the Trojan’s perseverance really speaks to the type of players they are.
“I think it shows a lot of character that our boys are still fighting as hard as they can even though we’re 1-10,” Moore said. Basketball is a long season, and with half of it still left to go, Moore said he’s looking for his team to make a run now that some of the wrinkles have been smoothed out.