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Trojans seek more consistency in games

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Jim King (44) plays defense in the loss to Francis Howell. King is a junior at Troy Buchanan.
Bob Simmons photo.

In two divisional games, Troy Buchanan High Trojans earned a split decision.
On Feb. 2, they played on the road at Francis Howell Central and came home with a 56-50 win. Three Trojans finished in double figures to lead the offense. Todd Myers led with 14 points followed by Andrew Nett 13 points, and Jim King finished with 11 points. A strong second period lifted Troy into a 31-22 lead at the half. In the final period, the Spartans made a run but their rally fell short.
On Feb. 6, the Trojans hosted Francis Howell. The teams had split their first two encounters but in the third match-up, it was the Vikings who prevailed 69-54. Braden Nett and Myers led Troy with 13 points each and Drew Deters followed with 11 points.
Troy led 19-13 after one period but the Vikings soared in the second period, holding a 27-9 edge, for a 40-28 lead at the half. That proved the key as the teams in the second half were more competitive.
“I thought we completed at a higher level except for the second quarter, said Troy Coach Dan Moore. “We had foul trouble add up in the second quarter and didn’t match their intensity. We are continuing to work on our weaknesses to make a run in districts. I feel we are headed in the right direction and like our chances if the boys continue to work hard.”
After winning their opener over Hannibal in the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament, the Troy Buchanan Trojans advanced to play top-seeded Sikeston in the semifinals on Jan. 26. The Bulldogs defended their seeding, posting a 83-67 win over Troy. A 28-12 edge in scoring in the second period by Sikeston was the key to their win.
Four Trojans finished in double figures led by Andrew Nett with 21 points followed by Jim King with 17, Tyson Ludwig with 13 and Todd Myers with 11 points
On Saturday, Troy defeated Parkway North 64-50 for third-place. King led with 23 points followed by Myers with 19 and Nett 11 points. Nett was also the top rebounder with 10.
“The guys played tough for three quarters against Sikeston,” said Moore. “Sikeston made a large lead in the second quarter but was really proud of our boys to fight back and make a game of it late. I thought it showed a lot of character on their part. We played a solid game against Parkway North to rebound from the loss to Sikeston. I thought Tyson (Ludwig), Brenden (Deters), and Corey (Juergensmeyer) did an amazing job for stepping in for Drew and Braden.”