The young Trojans of 2019-2020 learned a harsh lesson this season. Making progress as a team never guarantees postseason play. Despite playing all the best teams to the wire in the last part of the season, the Trojans season came to an end at Dardanelle against very good Sand Lizards in a hard-fought disappointing loss in overtime in district tournament play.
The Trojans first disposed of Heber Springs in the opening round play on Tuesday. The Trojans scored 26 points in the first period en-route to a 26-6 lead. In the second period, the Trojans turned the game over to the bench. The Panthers made a run, cutting the lead to 35-21 at the half. The Trojans returned to the first period players and once again scored 26 points in the period to put the Panthers away for a 69-40 win. Matthew Kremers led the Trojans with 16 points with Jonathan Mercera and Conner King, each tossing in 10. Thirteen different Trojans scored for Subiaco.
On Wednesday, the Trojans returned to Dardanelle to take on the tough Sand Lizards. It was a game that saw the Trojans fall behind early, eventually find their footing and lead the home team from the middle of the second period until the very end of the game. The Trojans would pull out to a 7 point lead with numerous chances to put the Sand Lizards away. Foul Trouble, with three players fouling out, an injury to Matthew Kremers, and costly turnovers would allow the Sand Lizards to hang close. In the end, poor foul shooting did the Trojans in as they were an unacceptable 12 of 23 on the night. With less than a second to go, the Trojans were at the line down two. With the first shot tying the game, Subiaco saw the second shot miss, forcing overtime where the Trojans were outscored by five and losing a tough game 52-47. Jonathan Mercera led the Trojans with 17, followed by Conner King with 15.
Despite being disappointed with no postseason play, the young Trojans gained valuable experience in a very tough conference that will be even better next year. How good was the conference? For the second year in a row, this conference swept the first-round games in regional play. The Trojans would like to thank all their loyal fans for their support.