The Troy Buchanan High Trojans saw their basketball season end with a 59-51 loss to Jefferson City in the Class 5 district tournament. The loss dropped Troy’s final record to 11-14 for the year.
Senior Brandon Bassham scored 19 points in his final game for Troy with junior Andrew Nett finishing with 16 points.
In addition to Bassham, other Trojans playing their last game includes Kobe Bowman, Noah Wurtz, Chris Tagra and Sam Heidemann.
“I felt as though we were nervous early in the game and fought back to take the lead,” said Troy Coach Dan Moore. “We then allowed their pressure to get to us and that led to turnovers. They were able to attack the basket and get easy ones. I thought the boys fought hard all the way to the end. I am proud of this group for continuing to work hard at the end, even though we lost a lot of close games. I look for lots of great things from this group of seniors in the future. A great group of young men.”
The Trojans lost their last regular season game, Feb. 24 with a 67-60 loss to Fort Zumwalt South. Bassham led with 25 points and seven rebounds. Todd Myers followed with 16 points and Nett had 10 points.
The Trojans held a 32-30 lead at the half but the Bulldogs prevailed in the second half with a 37-28 edge in scoring.
“We controlled this game until the forth quarter and then got sloppy with the ball which lead to lay-ups for South, said Moore.”
The Troy Trojans competed with DeSmet, an annual top opponent on their non-conference schedule Feb. 21 where they lost 54-36. The loss dropped Troy’s record to 11-13 for the year.
The Spartans assumed control of the game in the second period when they held a 23-7 edge in scoring. Troy could not recover.
Brandon Bassham was the only Trojan in double figures with 12 points and he had nine rebounds. Josiah Tynes led DeSmet with 15 points.
“We had shooting lows, making only 1 of 17 shots from three-point range, 10 of 35 from two-point range and trouble (13-24) from foul line,” said Coach Dan Moore. “I was proud of the boys for fighting through adversity to continue the fight for the entire game.”
In their previous game, Troy won 71-52 over Francis Howell North in their Homecoming game. Bassham scored 29 points and had 11 rebounds. Andrew Nett finished with 18 points
Troy built a 51-31 point lead after three quarters en route to the win.
“I thought the boys did a nice job with being in attack mode the whole night and really proud of our seniors with how they played.
“I was especially proud of Chris Tagra and the support of the fans with his journey. He has overcome a lot in life and going from being a manager his sophomore year, then through hard work, becoming a varsity player.”