Subiaco Academy advanced to the Regionals after finishing runner-up in the District Tournament last week.
Subiaco made it to the finals with wins over Booneville and Pottsville, before falling to Maumelle.
In opening round play, Subiaco disposed of Booneville for the third time this year, by a final score of 55-33. On Thursday, Subiaco faced the Apaches from Pottsville for the third time. The two teams had split during the year, with Subiaco winning a close game early at home and Pottsville blasting the Trojans at Pottsville only weeks earlier.
Subiaco came out hot, jumping out to a 21-11 first period lead. The Trojans cooled as the Apaches warmed up, cutting the Subiaco lead to 27-22 at the half. The second half saw the Apaches not only catch the Trojans, but take a lead only to see Subiaco make the plays to come back.
Pottsville took the lead with slightly less than a minute to go in the game at 50-49. Subiaco moved the ball around looking for a shot before settling for the last shot to either win or lose this tight battle. With only seconds remaining, Chris Reed drove the baseline and missed the shot, however, Cash Krueger was right there for the tip in and for the second year in a row, Cash made a last second shot against the Apaches to win the district semifinals.
In the finals and against the state’s most athletic 4A team, the Trojans battled and battled for four quarters against the Hornets. Trailing by two at the half, Subiaco felt they were in a good position to defeat the Hornets for the second year in a row in the district finals. Falling behind at times by as much as 10 points, the Trojans fought their way back each time. A flurry of Cash Krueger three’s in the fourth period pulled the Trojans within two with seconds remaining with Maumelle at the line.
Unfortunately, the Hornets made both free throws sealing the game for Maumelle with a final of 59-55.
Krueger led the Trojans with 21 points followed by Jon Vines and Chris Reed tossing in 15 and 12, respectively.
Subiaco travels to Lincoln this week for regional play. Unfortunately for the Trojans, their draw is host Lincoln who won the round robin this year for their conference. The Trojans and the Wolves will tipoff on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.