Just as he's been doing all season long, Bobby Jett was ready, willing and able to give the competition everything he had to give and then some at Elsberry last Friday in Eastern Missouri Conference competition for the Community R-6 varsity boy's basketball team.
This time around that meant making 7-of-11 free throws to score 15 in addition to the four field goals Cordell Hollensteiner turned into a 12-point showing. In the grand scheme of things none of that meant much of anything, though, because Elsberry turned this league marathon into a sprint from the start by jumping out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter and never looking back until it won 80-50.
"Elsberry just physically handled us," said coach Matt Thomas. "It was an extremely physical game. We just couldn't keep that pace up."
The rest of the Trojans didn't quite meet the same marks as Jett and Hollensteiner, but Blaze Escamilla did make a nine-point contribution, Eric Hombs scored six and Evan Hartsock added three points. Jorga Koda added three points to the mix, as well.
CR-6 simply had an off night in this home game and were outscored in every quarter. This includes the first 26-7 and the second 19-16. That left the Trojans trailing 45-23 at halftime and it only got worse when Elsberry claimed the third 18-15 and fourth 17-12.
For the game CR-6 went 16-for-26 from the charity stripe and connected on eight two-pointers and six three-pointers.
As for the Indians, Nathan Reed managed 20 points, Trevor Anthony scored 14 and Garik Hill added 13 points.
The Trojans, 5-9 overall, host Paris on Friday for Homecoming in a nonconference game.