Subiaco Academy improved its conference record to 10-2 going into the last week of the season, with hopes of playing for the conference championship Friday night in Maumelle.
The Trojans hosted Waldron and Dover on Monday and Thursday, hoping to put themselves in a position in the last week for meaningful games in conference play.
On Monday, a tough Waldron team came to Oskar Rust Gymnasium on the Academy campus, seeking to avenge an earlier thumping by the Trojans. There have actually been two Waldron teams this year, a team that struggled early and a team that nobody wants to play. Earlier the Trojans were fortunate and played the struggling Bulldogs, this time the Trojans run into a Waldron team that could very well contend for the district tournament. Subiaco came away with a 58-56 win.
The Trojans came out roaring against 6-foot-7 Hunter Ball and company and jumped out to an 18-7 first period lead. The Bulldogs rode Ball and his 31 points to come back on the Trojans. In fact, Waldron evened the score in the fourth period behind some remarkable three point shooting to compliment Ball. In the end, the Trojans made the plays they needed and came out of the hard fought game with win. The Trojans had balanced scoring led by Cash Krueger with 18, followed by Chris Reed, David Johnson and Kamron Hurst tossing in 31 together.
On Thursday, the Trojans hosted Dover. Dover, like Waldron, was the victim of an earlier hot Trojan team when Subiaco rattled the scoreboard for 51 points in the first half. Dover, like Waldron, came with a new attitude and made the game more physical, while shooting well themselves. Subiaco came away from this one with a 62-38 win.
Subiaco came out slow for the first period and the early second. Suddenly the Trojans exploded, scoring 25 points in the minutes before half, going into intermission with a 35-15 lead. The second half was a continuation of physical play, with several Trojans seeing action. Despite shooting poorly both from the field and free throw line, the Trojans played well enough to get a win over a determined Pirate team. The Trojans again had balanced scoring with Cash Krueger leading the way with 17 points to go along with his 14 rebounds. Chris Reed scored 14 points to go along with four assists and four steals. Kelly Hollis and Kamron Hurst tossed in 10 and nine with both dishing out four assists.
Subiaco travels to Maumelle Friday for the final regular season game in hopes of a chance to win a conference championship. Next week will begin tournament play at Pottsville with day and time to be determined.