Subiaco Academy traveled to Booneville on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to complete the first round of round robin play and hosted Dardanelle on Thursday, Jan. 23 to start the second round. There werecontrasting styles in each game, but the results were the same with the Subiaco Academy Trojans advancing to 7-1 in conference play.
A Booneville Bearcat team with several players who played for the state football championship, well into December, and are just now rounding into shape, made for a physical night. The Trojans came out sluggish and unable to connect in the early going. The second period, saw the Trojans start to pull away from the Bearcats as Chris Reed and Cash Krueger dominated the inside. In fact, the Trojans only attempted five shots outside the paint against Booneville.
Chris Reed led the Trojans with 30 points on a 14 of 18 shooting night, including another thunderous dunk. Cash Krueger tossed in 20 points to go along with five blocks and 10 rebounds. Subiaco Academy was able to endure the physical play and go home with a 66-52 win.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, Subiaco Academy hosted a much improved Dardanelle team. Dardanelle played a physical hardnosed zone that gave the Trojans trouble in the first half, as Subiaco held a 19-16 lead at intermission.
In the second half the Trojans were able to right the ship despite missing leading rebounder and scorer Cash Krueger for much of the game due to foul trouble. After a dismal first half, Chris Reed found his game, scoring 17 of his game high 20 points to lead the Trojans to a 54-41 conference win.
Despite playing limited minutes Cash Krueger tossed in 10 points and controlled the inside with seven blocked shots. John Vines and Kamron Hurst combined for 15 to help the Trojans hold off a determined Sand Lizard squad.
On Thursday, Subiaco travels to Pottsville for a rematch with the defending state champion. On Monday, Subiaco will host a very tough Waldron Bulldog squad.