Even though Matt Thomas may have been the head coach of the North Callaway varsity boy's basketball team last season, this year he entered the building holding that same position for Community R-6.
Come game time that fact didn't mean that much to either side, though, as the Thunderbird's outscored the Trojan's 12-5 in the first quarter and 19-15 in the third to win 65-38.
"Our offense finally caught up with our defense in the second half," said North Callaway coach Mathias Miller. "We may have been a little tired, so I substituted a lot, but it's always good when you have 11 players who score."
After both squads posted 10-point efforts in the second, North Callaway locked things down by working its' way to a 24-8 advantage in the fourth.
Marshaling this offensive parade for the Thunderbird's was Tully Thomsen, who hit three three-pointers to post a team-high 15 points with five rebounds, Gabe Cash connected on 2-of-3 triples for 13 points, five assists and four steals and Khobi Kellerman came off the bench and scored 10. Coy Dannison also had five assists and four boards.
While this game was rescheduled from Dec. 16 because of weather, Community R-6 was led by Matt Gastler with 10 points and Cordell Hollensteiner came through with seven points.
The Trojan's, 4-8 overall, 1-4 Eastern Missouri Conference, is next in action Jan. 23-28 at the Sturgeon Tournament.
North Callaway, 6-8 overall, 1-3 EMO, will play in the Bowling Green Tournament Jan. 23-28.