When the Community R-6 varsity boys basketball team defeated host Madison in the first round of its tournament at the end of Dec., it wasn't that big of a surprise considering the fact leading scorer Bobby Jett has been playing so well this season.
Fast forward to Wednesday evening in the second round of that same tourney against Van-Far, which was without Lathyn McMorris, and when the Trojans didn't come out on top, once again the fans got what they expected based on the fact Jett was out sick. Now that CR-6 is getting ready to host Wright City, 5-4 overall, for an Eastern Missouri Conference game on Jan. 9 once the tournament has come to a close this weekend, finally this squad will be entering the unknown.
One factor working in the Wildcats favor is that they've played in several close games this year and came out on top more often than not. This includes winning at Hermann 53-52 on Dec. 21, on Jan. 2 the squad downed Winfield 69-64 in round one of the Clopton Tournament and at home on Dec. 18 Wright City got edged out in overtime 87-86 by St. Louis Christian HomeSchool according to maxpreps.com.
After that game takes place, the Trojans will be off to Ellsberry, 4-6 overall, and even though CR-6 has team highlights that include home victories over North Callaway 58-52 on Dec. 15, Prarire Home 64-58 on Nov. 28 and Wellsville-Middletown 59-50 on Nov. 21, some factors can't be game-planned for.
"It's a long trip. It's one of those trips you don't neccesarily like taking because it takes a while to get there," said coach Matt Thomas. "I think we're sitting in a good position. I like our guys and where we're at and we'll see what happens."
Even though the Indians resume' isn't quite as deep or impressive as some, on Dec. 15 the team did win 74-55 at Wright City. Elsberry also claimed at 52-47 victory at Principa on Dec. 12 and on Dec. 7 the squad bested Clopton 50-42.