The South Tama County High School JV basketball boys started the 2014 new year with a satisfying win over the Columbus Sailors. On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Trojans defeated the Sailors in a close game with a final score of 40-36.
The Trojans started the first half slowly, losing the first possession and first shot to the Sailors. The Trojans trailed the entire first half, finishing the first quarter with a score of 10-4and the second quarter with a score of 18-11.
"There were definitely some pre-game jitters," said JV boys head coach Brian Anderson. "I think it was because this was the team's first time playing on the high school court this season."
RIGHT- STC?freshman Riley Davenport goes in for a lay up against Waterloo Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 4. Davenport was the team's unofficial MVP of the night with 18 of 40 total points.
Coming out of halftime, the boys were more motivated, according to Coach Anderson. They really stepped it up late in the third quarter with their defense, bringing the score as close as 24-23 before a lay-up by a Columbus player ended the third with a score of 26-23, Sailors.
A three-point shot by sophomore Tristan Lasley with one minute left in the last quarter brought the Trojans to their first lead of the game, 37-35. The three-pointer was followed by a lay-up by sophomore Mitch Thede with 30 seconds left and a free throw by sophomore Jake Witt, to cement the Trojan win with a final score of 40-36.
Freshman Riley Davenport led the team with 18 points, followed by Thede with 8, Lasley with 7, sophomore Colson Frakes with 4, and Witt with 3.
"The boys had a great team effort tonight," said Coach Anderson. "They fought hard for this win." The JV boys now stand 4-3 in the season.