Despite the fact this is Community R-6's final season competing in the Eastern Missouri Conference, its not the only school that knows about trying to compete amongst the larger schools in this league.
Wellsville-Middletown has faced many of those exact same issues, and when these two boys varsity basketball programs face off at the Tigers on Friday, the battle will be one between two programs that see things from completely opposite perspectives.
For head coach Matt Thomas and CR-6, even though this squad knows how to run a half court set, this team is much more comfortable running the floor like deer in the wilderness. Players like Kyle Oligschlaeger, Garrett Schmidt and Clayton Brandt are at their best when they're free and unencumbered, as are Ethan Fort, Wade Hester and Rodrigo Bonito.
For example, on Jan. 25 when the Trojans, 7-12 overall, played Sturgeon, while it's true Bobby Jett did give a 33 point performance, but that's because the rest of his teammates were locked down like dogs on a chain. Subsequentially, not only did CR-6 lose 58-53, but the rest of the teams contributions consisted of eight points from Eric Hombs, Evan Hartsock and Blaze Escamilla were good for five points each and Jaryn Kuda chipped in with two points.
"We had a bad second quarter," said CR-6 coach Matt Thomas. "We didn't get defensive stops. We also turned the ball over too much and didn't score enough."
Sturgeon's Kenny Stone also didn't help the Trojans cause by scoring 19.
As for Wellsville-Middletown, 7-10 overall, when it played at the Missouri Military Academy on Jan. 23, it held the Colonels to a 23 field goal percentage (14-for-60). That broke down to MMA making 11-of-42 two pointers and 3-of-18 three pointers with 21 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks.