2018-02-01 / Sports

Cedarville Trojans Boys Attack Early, Run Away From St. Ignace Saints 66-21

By Jacob A. Ball

The Cedarville Trojans boys basketball team claimed a 45- point win over the St. Ignace Saints 66-21 Wednesday, January 24. The Trojans took the lead from the first quarter. Ten Cedarville players scored in the game, while only four Saints did so. St. Ignace played solid defense, but a lack of confidence on the offensive end put them behind early.

For several minutes of the first quarter, the Saints held the Trojans in check, but the course of the game changed significantly after two straight fast breaks led by Trojans senior Dakota Fairchild. Senior Trey Norris contributed 10 points in first quarter, including the first four points of the game and two three-pointers. At the end of the first quarter, Cedarville led 17-3, and after they erupted for 28 points in the second quarter, there remained little doubt about the outcome.

The Trojans played mostly backups after halftime, and the majority of the second half was played with a running clock. Cedarville junior Chase Fisher scored a basket to extend the lead to 40 points, 49-9, only one minute into the second half.

Cedarville Coach Jason Duncan said, in reference to his backups, “It’s one of those games that I want to see energy from all of them every possession, and I see that. Obviously, it’s hard sometimes, but I see them coming in and playing hard.”

Several of the Trojans backups played significant minutes in the game, combining for 24 points. The Cedarville fans and players were especially excited for junior Eugene Lee, who scored five points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer. Coach Duncan said he enjoys seeing his players having fun, working as a team, and cheering each other on.

The Saints received solid minutes from many of their players, but were unable to keep up with the Trojans output.

“The press didn’t bother us… we’ve just got to get some confidence on offense,” said St. Ignace Coach Bob Brandstrom. Tucker Shepard has shown signs of offensive improvement over the past couple weeks, and led the team in points Wednesday night with nine. His coach said he has been playing confidently on the offensive end, and has the potential to develop even more. One area of Shepard’s game that still needs refinement is free throw shooting, as he has missed four out of six attempts over the past two games.

Trojans statistics: Tristan Masuga, 13 points; Dakota Fairchild, 12 points; Trey Norris, 11 points; Jarron Masuga, eight points; Sean Bale, five points; Eugene Lee, five points; Chase Fisher, four points; Pat O’Brien, four points; Trevor Kohlmann, two points; and Josh Goodell, two points.

Saints statistics: Tucker Shepard, nine points; Joel Dodds, six points; Shawn Livingston, four points; and Nate Causley, two points.

The Trojans traveled to Brimley Friday, January 26, for an Eastern U.P. Athletic Conference matchup. Cedarville entered the game in first place by one game over the Bays in the league, with four wins and zero losses. The Trojans will host the Rudyard Bulldogs in another conference matchup Friday, February 2, and then face Johannesburg Lewiston Monday, February 5.

St. Ignace visited Rudyard Friday, January 26, where the Saints lost to the Bulldogs by five points in the Bulldogs’ first home game of the season. The Saints were set to welcome the Harbor Springs Rams Tuesday, January 30, before traveling to Pickford the following night Wednesday, January 31.

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