Young Trojans Team Upsets Maumelle Hornets
February 19, 2013Subiaco Academy
The Subiaco Trojans looked to keep the momentum flowing as they entered the 4A-4 District Championship game against the Maumelle Hornets on Saturday night. Coming off a big 50-49 win on Thursday night in the semifinals over No. 1 seed Pottsville, Subiaco had the confidence needed to defeat the No. 2 seed and win the District Championship. Win is exactly what they did, as the Trojans downed the Hornets 59-56 to not only capture the Championship, but also head to the Regional Tournament as the all-important, No. 1 seed.
As the season-long cliché continued, sophomore stand-out Cash Kruger continued to be “money” for the No. 4 seeded Trojans, leading all scorers in the contest with 19 points.
Subiaco won the opening tip-off and the two teams traded the first four buckets of the game and were locked at eight with 1:25 to play in the opening quarter. Maumelle scored the next two baskets and took a four-point lead before junior David Johnson connected on a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to put the Trojans within one, 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. Kruger had a pair of buckets, Johnson added a fast-break lay-up, along with his three-point buzzer-beater, and sophomore Kelly Hollis III added two-of –three from the line to round out the first quarter scoring.
Maumelle came out in the second quarter and outscored the Trojans 13-6 to take a 25-17 lead with just three minutes left in the second quarter. The Subiaco faithful were not stunned and the student section just got louder with support for their beloved team. “Our student body has just been awesome,” said head coach Tim Tencleve. “They really love this team and their support shows it.” The Trojans would respond, scoring the final seven points of the quarter to trail by one, 25-24 at the half. Kruger had a pair from the field in the final three minutes with one lay-up coming after a sweet bounce pass in the paint from junior Christopher Post. Hollis added another lay-up and junior Chris Reed hit one-of-two from the line to round-out the mini 7-0 run. Kruger and senior Eric Siebenmorgan each had 12-foot jumpers earlier in the second, while Reed added a sweet windmill lay-up from the baseline.
Subiaco came out of the locker room ready to defeat the Hornets for the first time in three tries this season. Maumelle defeated the Trojans on the road by three points and then defeated the Trojans again at home by five points earlier this year. Subiaco was prepared to make sure that didn’t happen again as junior Kamron Hurst opened up the third quarter scoring, draining one from beyond the arc to give Subiaco its first lead since the 1:25 mark of the opening quarter. It would be short-lived as the Hornets would grab and hold onto the lead until Hurst would close out the quarter exactly how he started, dropping a three-pointer to put the Trojans up 39-37 at the end of the third quarter.
The third did feature plenty of excitement as Maumelle’s head coach Michael Shook was awarded a technical foul when he didn’t agree with a foul called against his beloved junior Kendall Donnerson. Hurst hit one-of-two from the line on the call and cut the Hornets lead to one, 31-30 with 5:02 to play in the third.
Subiaco outscored Maumelle 15-12 in the third with Hurst leading the way with a pair of three-balls and hitting one-of-two from the line. Kruger added six points, while Reed added a lay-up to round out the third quarter scoring with the Trojans hanging onto a 39-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Maumelle opened up the fourth quarter with a mini 7-0 run and took a 44-39 lead with 7:05 to play in the fourth. Subiaco answered with a 5-0 run and knotted the score at 44-all with 5:57 left. All five of the Trojans points on the run came from the charity stripe. Hollis and Reed each hit two-of-two, while Johnson added one-of-two.
After being held scoreless in the first half and scoring just four points in the third quarter, Hornets freshman Shawn Williams woke up in the fourth scoring 10 points for Maumelle. Williams drove the lane to put Maumelle up by two before Reed drained a trey to give Subiaco the lead back, followed by another bucket and lead change by Williams. The Trojans Hollis knocked down a 12-foot jumper to put Subiaco back on top for good and they never looked back as they quickly went on a 7-0 run to lead 54-48 with 3:15 to play in the fourth. Reed added three-of-four from the line and Kruger grabbed another rebound and put it up and in on the mini-run.
The Hornets did not give up and cut the lead to two points 54-52 on a bucket and a pair of free throws by sophomore Jim Minix. Each team added four points in the next thirty seconds of play and after Siebenmorgan missed a pair of double-bonus free throws, the Trojan fans held their collective breaths as Maumelle drove down the court trailing by two points with less than :20 on the clock. Those breaths quickly turned to sighs of relief as the young Minix attempted a three-pointer with just under :10 to play and had it rattle off the rim and into the hands of Hollis, who was immediately smothered and a jump-ball was called and the Trojans were awarded possession with :08.5 left in the contest. After a Subiaco timeout, the inbound pass went to Reed who was quickly fouled and sent to the line with :07.2 to play. Reed hit one-of-two and then Kruger sealed the victory when he made a steal on Maumelle’s final possession as time expired in the game.
The lead changed hands a total of four times and was tied twice in the fourth quarter with Subiaco ultimately hanging on to defeat the No. 2 seeded Hornets 59-56. “What a great effort,” explained coach Tencleve. “We found ourselves after half time and really played hard. If we convert some more free throws down the stretch, it wouldn’t have made it quite so close. Great win!”
The Trojans will travel to Maumelle for the 4A North Regional Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play Lincoln, the No. 4 seed on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Subiaco – Cash Kruger 19 points (1-of-2), Chris Reed 15 points (8-of-12), Kelly Hollis III 8 points (4-of-5), Kamron Hurst 7 points (1-of-2), David Johnson 6 points (1-of-2), and Eric Siebenmorgan 4 points (0-for-2). Total - 59 points and 15-of-25 from the line (60 percent).
Maumelle – Shawn Williams 14 points (2-of-5), Jim Minix 12 points (2-of-5), Kendall Donnerson 9 points (1-of-2), Cole Thomas 6 points, Tyshun Robinson 6 points, Gary Burton 4 points (0-for-2), Kendall Terry 4 points, and Blake Conner 1 point (1-of-2). Totals - 56 points and 6-of-16 from the line (38 percent).