|Tate Pfannenstiel drives towards the basket as he moves around his opponent in Stockton on January 19.|
By Kelby Aschenbrenner
The TCHS boys’ basketball team traveled to Plainville for their first game of the MCL tournament on January 19.
Soaring into the first quarter, the Eagles put up a fight as did the Cardinals with a tie game score at 14-14. Unfortunately, the Cardinals squeezed by the Eagles at the end of the first half with a score of 22-26 at half-time.
Trego flew out of the locker room into the third quarter and caught up to the Cardinals, 33-36. The boys did not give up in the fourth quarter, but Plainville just managed to slip by the Eagles with an ending score of 48-54.
The boys played again on January 19 in Stockton against the Smith Center Redmen. In the first quarter, the competition was evenly matched with a score of 10-10. The second quarter proved that the Redmen were not going to give up as the Redmen outscored the Eagles with a score of 27-32 at the end of the first half.
Trego came prepared for the last half of the game, but Smith Center showed no mercy with a score of 35-44 at the end of the third quarter. The Eagles gained confidence in the fourth quarter with a nail biting last two minutes and slipped past the Redmen with a score of 59-56 to end the night.
Emmit Owens was the top scorer with 21 points and 9 assists. Tate Pfannenstiel and Hunter Price were the top rebounders with five rebounds each.
Coach Sean Dreiling commented on the teams’ performance.
“We have to do a better job rebounding and taking care if the ball. If we can limit turnovers, defend and rebound, we can play with anybody. The 3rd quarter was very poor execution and effort wise. In the fourth quarter we showed a lot of heart and toughness to battle back and ultimately win the game.”
Trego took on the Ellis Railroaders on January 21. The Eagles fought hard but couldn’t pull ahead of the Railers in the first quarter with a score of 13-16. Ellis did not back down to Trego as they triumphed over the Eagles with a score of 20-29 at the end of the half.
Ellis maintained its lead throughout the third quarter, 32-45. The fourth quarter did not look better for Trego, as the Railers outscored them, making the final score 41-60.