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Trojans keep the good times rolling


January 19, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald


When first year head coach Dustin Peska took over the STC Varsity Boys Basketball program he knew they would be good. After all he coached this group of boys when they were in 8th grade and has observed their potential as they grew into their varsity roles. Peska however didn't quite anticipate the extent to which the Trojans could excel this season.

The team that consists of eight seniors have an overall record of 9-3. It is the best start for the Trojans boys program in over a decade. They are being led by the talents of Kaiden Buffalo, Justus Ward, Gabe Shields, Sterling Tyon, Nathan Lasley, Lane Koch, and Keith Keahna, the lone junior in the group. The starting lineup varies from night to night but those seven are the key players.

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South Tama’s Keith Keahna blocks a shot by CPU during their contest on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the STC?Round House. The Trojans defeated the Pointers 50-42.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

What is making the Trojans such a tough matchup is what Peska refers to as The System. They play a very physical, in your face style of defense and are getting better with time management in each game they play. Watching a team control the clock by passing the ball around on offense may not be the most exciting thing to watch but it is effective. It's also not as easy as it may appear.

The Trojans recently hosted Benton on Friday, Jan. 12. The Trojans narrowly edged out the Bobcats 74-70. Gabe Shields led the night with 31 points. It was a big night for the senior who typically averages just over 12 points per game. South Tama managed to hold Benton's leading scorer, Spencer Touro, to just three points. Touro actually leads the WaMaC west in scoring with roughly 20 points per game.

The South Tama versus Benton matchup was a true barn-burner of a game. The Trojans got down by as many as eight points in the first quarter. However, they went into halftime up by three (30-27) after a buzzer beating three pointer sunk by Shields who was several steps behind the line. South Tama went on to lead by as much as 18 in the third quarter. But the Bobcats clawed their way back, which kept the Trojans on their toes. Benton's second half push was not enough however, and the Trojans finished ahead 74-70.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 the Trojans hosted Center Point-Urbana. The first meeting between the two teams resulted in a double overtime, two-point victory for the Trojans (67-65). Tuesday's contest was an exciting rematch to watch. South Tama very much controlled the first half of play outscoring the Pointers 26-10. The Pointers made some adjustments at the half and were able to cut the Trojans' lead to five by the middle of the fourth quarter. Shields found his shot and the Trojans quite literally hung on by controlling the ball and running down the clock. South Tama ultimately won 50-42.

The Trojans' success this season has led them to an undefeated record in the WaMaC west (8-0). Independence is sitting in second with a conference record of 5-2.

STC now has a stretch on the road travelling next week to Williamsburg and PCM. They will be home again on Friday, Jan. 26 to host Clear Creek-Amana.



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