An early characteristic of the Subiaco Academy Trojans basketball team this year has been slow starts.
Against Southside and Rogers Heritage last week, the Trojans were able to overcome the poor start. On Friday, against the Pointers of Van Buren, this nemesis came back to haunt the Trojans.
On Tuesday, Subiaco hosted Rogers Heritage, the second of the three 7A West teams on Subiaco’s schedule to open the season. Subiaco once again found themselves down early, trailing 14-5 at the end of the first period, but were able to claw their way back and win, 44-42.
The Trojans outscored the Eagles in each of the final three periods. The Trojans actually pulled even with the Eagles in the third, only to see it slip away and Heritage make a three-pointer and all three free throws after fouling on a three. But, the Trojans roared back again in the fourth, outscoring Heritage 17-7.
The game came down to the wire with the Trojans knotting the score with under a minute left. Heritage would want to go for the last shot, the Trojans would want to play defense without fouling. Heritage called time out with 12 seconds left to set up a last shot. The Trojans doubled the ball and forced a turnover and then things got real exciting.
An outlet was made to Chris Reed who raced the length of the floor and made a tough shot at the buzzer to the roar of the crowd, giving the Trojans a tough 44-42 win. Reed led the Trojans with 18 followed by Cash Krueger with 10 and Kelly Hollis with eight.
Last Friday, Subiaco traveled to Van Buren for the third of the 7A West teams.
The Pointers, like Heritage, have extremely good guard play. Where they differ is inside, where the Pointers have a future Division 1 player in 6-foot-9 Mitchell Smith. Smith is not only long, he is very athletic and smooth.
Krueger made early shots to keep the Trojans even in the first period. The second period was a complete disaster as the Trojans were outscored 14-2. The Trojans once again battled back and actually found themselves on the verge of once again pulling the game out at the end.
Down five points with three minutes to go, Subiaco could once again get a chance to win at the end. However, with victory within reach, Subiaco missed four straight free throws and a layup to allow the Pointers to get the win, 55-46. Cash Krueger and Chris Reed led the Trojans with 15 and 14 points, with Kamron Hurst chipping in eight.
The Trojans now will be off for several days over the Thanksgiving break. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Trojans travel to Dardanelle for an early conference game. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Trojans will host Arkansas Baptist with an early JV start at 4 p.m.