By Bob Simmons
After losing a first-round game to Kirkwood, the Troy Buchanan Trojans reeled off three straight wins for consolation honors in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Basketball Tournament held at Meramec College. The wins lifted their season mark to 6-5 for the year.
“The boys played hard against Kirkwood but their pressure got to us,” said Coach Dan Moore. “We had turnovers that they converted in easy baskets. Boys fought hard until the end but couldn’t overcome the deficit.”
The loss sent Troy into a game with Lindbergh where they posted a 52-50 win. Andrew Nett led Troy with 22 points including six three-point field goals. Todd Myers was in double figures with 10 points. Jim King led in rebounds with six and Nett had five. Troy led 26-22 at the half and 41-33. The Flyers rallied in the final quarter but the Trojans held on for the win.
“We beat Lindbergh after starting the game with a 16-6 deficit in the opening period,” said Moore. “The boys battled back. I thought our defensive pressure wore them down, Todd (Myers) set the tone for us. Tyson Ludwig also gave us a spark off the bench.”
They then were pitted against Vianney and won 55-49. Troy dished the ball around with four players finishing in double figures. King and Braden Nett led with 16 points followed by Todd Myers with 11 points and Andrew Nett had 10 points. Troy led by four points at the half and eight points after three quarters in the win. King had a double-double with 12 rebounds to go with his 15 points.
“This was an extremely well played game,” said Moore.
They won consolation with a 71-60 win over Eureka. Andrew Nett led with 22 points followed by King and Myers with 17 points each.
“It is always a tough field at the Coaches vs. Cancer tourney,” said Moore. “I thought the boys really got better over the course of the tourney. Our defense is getting better, which allowed us to get stops and then attack in transition, which lead to open shots. Todd and Braden really set the tone on defense. Also, I thought Drew Deters did a great job of finding the open man, totaled over 20 assists during the tourney. Andrew Nett did make the all tourney team. I thought he shot the ball well and collected a lot of rebounds.”
After a game Jan. 5 at Battle High in Columbia, the Trojans start a long run of conference games.
The Troy Buchanan Trojans saw their season record drop to 3-5 following a 65-57 loss to Kirkwood in the opening round. This came in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament Dec. 27 at St. Louis Community College at Meremac.
Four Trojans finished in double figures scoring led by Jim King with 17 points, Todd Myers 15 points with Andrew and Braden Nett following with 10 points each.