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Trojans split conference games

<p>Leaping to the basket: A Subiaco Academy basketball player leaps toward the basket in a conference game against Maumelle last week. The Subiaco Academy Trojans split a pair of conference games last week.</p>

Leaping to the basket: A Subiaco Academy basketball player leaps toward the basket in a conference game against Maumelle last week. The Subiaco Academy Trojans split a pair of conference games last week.

Subiaco returned to action last Friday and Saturday with conference games against Maumelle and Dardanelle. After the long layoff, the Trojans were anxious to get back to the court for the second half of the season.

Perhaps the Trojans would have preferred a little different opponent to start with than Maumelle. A good crowd came to see the Trojans take on what may very well be the most talented team the Trojans have ever seen in conference play. The Hornets not only have size and length, but have a tremendous amount of quickness as well.

The Trojans played with great effort and came out of the gate much stronger than in past games, and actually led the Hornets 15-6 after the first period. The next period and a half saw the Trojans continue to play superbly, building an 11 point lead in the middle of the third period.

In the end, the Hornets wore down the Trojans as the turnovers increased and the missed free throws mounted. Subiaco went a dismal 10 for 20 on free throws, contributing greatly to the 53-47 loss.

Cash Krueger led the Trojans with 19 points and was also a monster on the boards. Chris Reed and Kelly Hollis tossed in nine and eight respectively.

Last Saturday, the Trojans traveled to the always tough Dardanelle Sand Lizards gym. The game was expected to be a fast paced pressing game by Dardanelle.

Instead, the Sand Lizards packed in a half court zone and dared the Trojans to shoot outside. On this night, it was a good strategy as the Trojans were only two for 16 behind the arc. But, the Trojans played very good defense and did not allow their poor shooting to dictate the game as they exercised patience of their own and settled for a low scoring game.

Chris Reed led the Trojans with 14 points, as the Trojans won a grinder 43-28.

The Trojans returned to action this week traveling to Waldron on Tuesday and going to Dover on Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans host the Mena Bearcats in a mid-afternoon game. The Junior Trojans will start at 2 p.m. with the Senior High following.

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