On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Subiaco Academy Trojans hosted a shorthanded Dardanelle team and ran into little resistance as they raced to a 76-19 home opener win.
Despite playing only 10 minutes, James Taylor led the Trojans with 18 points and eight assist. Elvis Janga, John Capps and Tom Myers were all in double figures with Devon Forest and Joseph Percy Allen tossing in seven and six respectively.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, the Trojans traveled to Van Buren to take on a Pointer team that is big and athletic. The Pointers surround 6- foot-9 K.J Stewart with athletic perimeter players led by Mekhi Burnett, the Clarksville transfer, and sharp shooting Jordan West. Despite being likely the most athletic team the Trojans will face this year, Subiaco had every opportunity to win, despite some strange adverse happenings.
The Trojans lost five points in the game, three when a 70 foot throw by Bryce Tencleve with time on the clock before the half, was ruled too late, despite almost being in the rim when the horn went off. The other, when the Pointers were awarded a one- and-one despite Subiaco only having five team fouls. Even with all that and more, the Trojans know they still controlled their own fate and simply needed to execute a little better down the stretch.
The game must have been a great game for fans as the two teams went back and forth all night, with one having a mini-run only to see the other do the same. Even with the long three being waved off, Subiaco still held a one-point lead at the half.
Subiaco outscored Van Buren 19-16 in the third to go into the final quarter with a four-point lead. Despite having the lead Subiaco could not keep the Pointers off the line as the home team went to the line 13 times in the final period alone. Some missed opportunities by the Trojans allowed Van Buren to get back in the game.
Devon Forest and Tom Myers found the range with two three-pointers each to keep Van Buren at bay until the bitter end. Too many missed chances to ice the game came back to haunt the Trojans as Van Buren won it at the horn on a last second shot.
James Taylor led the Trojans with 21 followed by Tyler Komp with 16. John Capps, Tom Myers and Devon Forest combined for 26 points as the Trojans came up short, 68-66.
After the break for Thanksgiving, the Trojans travel to Cedarville on Tuesday, Nov 28. The Trojans will then return to Van Buren to play in the Pointer Classic on Thursday through Saturday.