Subiaco Academy will play Hot Springs Lakeside, in first round play of the Cyclone Classic in Russellville, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Games on Thursday, and Friday, are to be determined. The Trojans are hopeful they can return to pre-Thanksgiving form in the tournament.
After returning from the Thanksgiving break, the Trojans played four games in five days. Subiaco was not able to match their play before the 12-day break in any area of their game. In the three days ahead the Trojans will be looking to regain the intensity, shooting and confidence they showed in the early games.
On Tuesday, Subiaco traveled to Cedarville to take on the Diver Pirates. Despite not shooting the ball well, the Trojans did do a good job on the defensive end, holding the pirates to 15 second half points to cruise to a 57-36 win.
James Taylor, Elvis Janga and Devon Forrest were all in double figures to lead the Trojans.
Last Thursday, the Trojans played their first round game against the eventual tournament champion Cabot in the Van Buren tournament. Cabot jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the Trojans. The Trojans spent the rest of the night trying to work its way back into the game. At one point the Trojans trailed by 16. Subiaco would then cut the lead to four early in the fourth. One could easily see the energy it took to get back into the game left the Trojans gasping as the Panthers pulled away for a 63-47 win.
Devon Forrest led the Trojans with 16 in the hard fought game against the tournament champs.
Last Friday, the Trojans played the Van Buren junior varsity, which filled in due to shortage of teams. Coming off a seven point loss to Mountain Home, the Van Buren young players wanted to prove they belonged. Tom Myers, James Taylor and John Capps combined for 53 points to lead the Trojans to 65-47 win.
Saturday, with not much left in the tank, Subiaco took on Mena. Mena is a full-court pressing, fast paced team. For sure not what the Trojans needed to see on the fourth game of the week. The first half saw the Trojans meet the challenge in the fast paced game on the offensive end, scoring 45 points to carry a 45-35 lead into the half. The second half saw the shots stop falling and the energy the Trojans tried to muster up the first half disappear, as they fell in overtime to the Bearcats.