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Trojans start new year with improved effort vs. Vinton

January 8, 2020
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama Trojans varsity boys basketball team (0-8) returned for the second half of their season to a new year and a new decade. The break seemed to do the team some good as they came out ready to rumble, hosting Vinton-Shellsburg (3-4) for their first night back. The Trojans put up a strong fight against the Vikings but ultimately fell 41-33.

The Trojans were without the services of their 6-8 leading scorer, junior Eli Keahna who was sidelined with an injury along with fellow starter, guard Mylik Wanatee. STC's Sonny DeMarce got things rolling offensively for the Trojans with the first basket. DeMarce's bucket cut into the Vikings five point lead early in the first quarter. Some hot shooting from STC's Javin Lasley and Lincoln Kingbird gave the Trojans a 15-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was quite the defensive battle. There were only six total points scored by both teams. Bishop Chavez and Tyler Moran each scored a basket and Sam Moen scored two points for the Vikings. The Trojans maintained a five point lead going into halftime.

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South Tama’s Bishop Chavez (left) and Lincoln Kingbird (right) double-team Vinton-Shellsburg’s Jose Wilson during the Trojan’s first of two regular season games against the Vikings on Friday, January 3 at the Roundhouse. Vinton-Shellsburg got the win on Friday, 41-33, with a rematch coming up on Tuesday, January 21st at Vinton-Shellsburg High School.­
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham-­

Coming out of the locker room, Vinton's offensive production caught up with the Trojans. CJ Rickels, Sam Griffith and Jose Wilson all contributed to get the Vikings to within one point of the Trojans, 26-25.

In the fourth quarter the Trojans really struggled to get points on the board. Chavez scored two before the Vikings went on an unanswered 12 point run. Kingbird finally cut in with a three point shot to bring the Trojans back within six. But as time was running out the Trojans just couldn't get enough going to regain the lead back. Vinton won 41-33. Despite the loss, it was the Trojans' closest finish yet this season and could provide some helpful experience down the road for STC's young roster. On Friday Javin Lasley led with a career high 12 points. Chavez led defensively with seven rebounds, a season high performance.

The Trojan boys will be on the road to Clear Creek- Amana on Friday evening.

In other sports news...

The STC girls varsity basketball team travelled to Vinton-Shellsburg on Friday, January 3. The Trojans took their 9th loss of the season to the Vikettes with a final score of 61-25.

The STC wrestlers will be hosting thier first home dual meet of the season on Thursday, January 9 against Center Point-Urbana and Iowa City Liberty beginning at 6:00 p.m. The night is also "Pin the Gym" night for the South Tama Activity Boosters. On the schedule for the evening are raffle prizes and youth wrestling recognition for the TWE club wrestlers and the STC MS wrestlers.



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