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Keahna has career high while Trojans fall short

February 6, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

If Friday's game could have been won off the efforts of one player, the Trojans would have snagged their first win of the season. South Tama hosted Williamsburg for their second matchup of the season. The two teams met earlier in January with the Raiders capturing a 51-41 victory. On Friday, the Trojans turned out an improved effort but still lost 56-50.

Starting for the Trojans were Matt Wiese, Sonny DeMarce, Lane Lekin, Keith Keahna and Eli Keahna. The Trojans are coached by Dustin Peska. Starting for Williamsburg were Ryan Cavett, Kaden Wetjen, Draven Williams, Clayton Thurm and Levi Weldon. The Raiders are coached by Brad Knoop.

The game didn't really heat up for the Trojans until the second half. The first quarter was particularly rough. Williamsburg jumped out to a 20-4 lead by the final minute of the quarter. With under a minute to play in the first quarter, STC's Keith Keahna was sent to the line and sunk three free throws in a row. A hail mary buzzer beating three pointer by Sonny DeMarce brought the Trojans to within 10 points at 20-10.

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STC’s Tyrin Lasley drives to the hoop during the second half of a contest with Williamsburg on Friday, February 1.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

The Raiders had a pretty cohesive offense with two of their starters finishing the night in double digits. Kaden Wetjen led with 17 points followed by Draven Williams with 13. Ryan Cavett and Levi Weldon totaled nine and eight points respectively. Heading into halftime, Keith Keahna was at 10 points and the Trojans trailed 36-16.

Coming out of halftime, the Trojans upped their energy and really fought hard. Keahna was everywhere on the court. He led the Trojans with 28 points and 20 rebounds. STC outscored Williamsburg 16-8 in the third quarter.

"The second half we just had more energy," said coach Dustin Peska, "They got after it and played as one and not one guy trying to take over. That's what it takes. We're not good enough to play like that for one half. We have to play like that all four quarters. They are buying into it and we are getting better."

Heading into the fourth quarter the Trojans trailed 44-32. The Trojans fought hard but small mistakes such as turnovers or missed opportunities kept them at bay. They did manage to get within six points of the Raiders lead but each time they had a chance to shift the momentum, the Trojans would make an untimely mistake. The game ended with Lekin at the free throw line. He was 4-4 and helped the Trojans finish with just a six point loss at 56-50.

The Trojans finished the night 13-20 from the free throw line while the Raiders were 3-21 from the free throw line. This is important to note because had no other factors changed in the game, if the Trojans would have hit all their free throws they would have beat Williamsburg by one point. Keahna was sent to the line 11 times making eight of those shots, several which came after hard falls to the floor while he battled at the post.

Keahna's double-double performance put him in some elite company. His 28 points was a career high and his 20 rebounds were the most tallied by an STC player over the past 13 years. His 28 points ties him for best single stat which is something just four others have done over the past 12 years. He joins Sterling Tyon (2018), Adam Shortley (2007), Clayton Rosenberger (2017) and Darius Lasley (2014) who have each scored at least 28 points in a single game for South Tama. Keahna is the only STC basketball player that has hit 28 points and 20 rebounds in a single game for South Tama through the QuikStats era (2007-Present)

"He's just a freak! He's athletic, he's strong, he's a good kid. Anytime he gets the ball around the rim I'm 99% sure it's going to go in. If it doesn't he's going to get his rebound and then get the shot. You don't coach that athleticism. You just let him go to work. He knows what he can do and he uses his body well," said Peska.

The Trojans will be at home on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hosting Independence, Center Point-Urbana and Central DeWitt.

STC Stats

Pts. - K. Keahna 28, Lekin 8, DeMarce 6, Wiese 3, Lasley 2, E. Keahna 2, Kingbird 1

FGM/FGA - K. Keahna 10-23, Lekin 2-4, DeMarce 2-7, Wiese 1-7, E. Keahna 1-3, Kingbird 0-3, Lasley 1-2, Chavez 0-1

FTM/FTA - K. Keahna 8-11, Lekin 4-4, Kingbird 1-2, , E. Keahna 0-1

Off. Reb. - K. Keahna 8, DeMarce 2, Lekin 2, Kingbird 1, E. Keahna 1

Def. Reb. - K. Keahna 12, Lasley 3, Wiese 2, Lekin 2, Kingbird 1, E. Keahna 1, DeMarce 1



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