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Trojans open 2019 with loss to CCA Clippers

January 9, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It's been a tough season thus far for the STC Trojan boys basketball team, especially comparing things to last year's 15-9 campaign that won the Trojans a conference championship. The South Tama boys returned from break on Friday, January 4 to host the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers for a WaMaC west contest. The Clippers who led by only 10 points going into the fourth quarter, ran away with the night, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter and downing the Trojans 72-49. The loss drops the Trojans to 0-10, while the Clippers advance to 6-3 and take a narrow lead in the WaMaC West.

While this is a very different season for the Trojans, it's not quite fair to compare the two. After all, STC has just one varsity returner, Keith Keahna, to this year's roster. And try as he might, he can't carry a team that just doesn't have the level of experience other teams in the WaMaC have.

Starting for the Trojans on Friday were Matt Wiese, Bishop Chavez, Sonny DeMarce, Lane Lekin and Keith Keahna.

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STC’s Keith Keahna takes it down the court for a quick layup during the Trojans contest with Clear Creek Amana on Friday, January 4. The Trojans fell 72-49.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Despite the inexperience, the Trojans got out on the court on game day and gave a good effort. In fact they trailed by just three points after one quarter and 10 points at halftime. Even at the end of the third quarter the Trojans were still in the game, albeit trailing 49-39.

But as time ran out so did the Trojans' energy. With senior Cam Klostermann sidelined due to illness, South Tama was forced to play with just eight players on their roster. As fouls and fatigue began to set in, the Trojans quickly fell off pace in the fourth quarter. The Clippers outscored STC in the fourth 23-10 for a 72-49 victory. Keith Keahna once again led the Trojans with a double-double, scoring 20 and bringing down 11 rebounds.

CCA was led by junior guard Tyler Schrepfer who scored 18 points on the night. While not a leading scorer, someone who made a difference on the court for the Clippers was sophomore TJ Bollers. Bollers is 6'4 and roughly 225 pounds and is being heavily recruited already by some top football programs. Bollers is a four sport athlete who runs track in the spring and catches for the Clippers baseball team in the summer. His strength under the hoop and rebounding skills challenged the Trojans down low all night on Friday.

The Trojan boys will be on the road to Benton (4-6) on Tuesday and Williamsburg (2-8) on Friday where they will wrap up the first half of their conference schedule.

STC Stats

Points - K. Keahna 20, DeMarce 10, Wiese 5, Lasley 5, Chavez 3, Kingbird 3, Lekin 2, E. Keahna 1

FGM/FGA - K. Keahna 10-18, DeMarce 5-10, Wiese 2-6, Lasley 2-5, Chavez 1-3, Kingbird 1-2, Lekin 1-4, E. Keahna 0-1

Off Reb - Lasley 3, K. Keahna 2, Chavez 1

Def. Reb. - K. Keahna 9, Wiese 3, Lekin 2, Chavez 1



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