Subiaco Academy traveled to Fort Smith and opened the 2013-14 season against the Southside Rebels and came away with a 60-57 win Saturday.
The new emphasis this year in officiating is less contact to ensure more freedom of movement by the offensive player. To what degree that will be emphasized is to be determined. If the officiating Saturday is any indication, there will be a real premium put on free throw shooting and depth.
The Trojans did not shoot free throws as a team too well. They did, however, show good depth.
Southside came out running and gunning and jumped on the Trojans 25-10 in what looked like was going to be a shocking day for the Trojans. Despite coming out poorly, the Trojans did manage to do enough things right the rest of the way to pull out a 60-57 win.
One of the big keys was cutting the Rebel lead to 37-30 at the half, despite all-conference returnees Chris Reed and Cash Krueger setting out the last four minutes of the half. The Trojans got a big lift from the bench with John Vines, Chris Post and Evan Strobel not just holding their own, but giving the Trojans a real boost.
Chris Reed and David Johnson led a balanced attack with Johnson and Vines also being strong on the boards.
Subiaco Academy will travel to Van Buren to take on the tough Pointers Friday. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m. with the varsity game following. The Trojans will then be on a long break for Thanksgiving. They’ll be back in action against Dardanelle on the road on Thursday, Dec. 5 and play a home game against Arkansas Baptist on Saturday Dec. 7.