Soucie leads Trojans to 60-39 victory

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The Osawatomie Trojan boys basketball team finally took to the hardwoods on Monday night, December 7, 2009 in tournament action at Osawatomie where they easily defeated Metro Academy by a score of 60-39.

Behind a strong first quarter of action by Brendan Soucie and Daine Needham, the Trojans were able to open a five point lead at 16-9 after one period of play. The Trojans added to the lead in the second quarter, on more strong play by Soucie, who hit three field goals in the period, and took a 13 point, 33-20 lead to the locker room at half time. Dylon Needham, Dustin Keuser, Jacob Vail, Seth Jones, and Taylor Wright all added field goals in the quarter.

“We started out a little slow, but as the game went on, we settled down and picked up our intensity,” said Trojans Head Coach Darren Soucie. “We were able to play nine players and they all did good things at times.”

The Trojans bumped the lead to sixteen points coming out of the intermission, with Soucie hitting four more points, along with four points from Jones, on a field goal and two free throws. Spencer Booe and Daine Needham hit two pointers and Brandon Oakes added a trey for the Trojans in the third period.

Osawatomie added to the lead in the final period, outscoring Metro Academy 12-7 to make the final score 60-39.

The Trojans were lead by Brendan Soucie who posted a double double in the first game of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, he added five assists, five steals, two blocked shots and two drawn charges for a solid opening game. Seth Jones just missed a double double of his own, scoring nine points and grabbing ten rebounds.

Coach Soucie also pointed out the play of Jacob Vail with eight points and nine rebounds; Tyler Wright with five steals and Daine Needham who finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

“Our shooting has been getting better in practice, and will continue to get better,” Coach Soucie said. “We shot 35% for the game and won by 21 points, but we still have a lot of improving to do.”

Coach Soucie said he felt his team was on about the same pace as last year as far as shooting percentages go. He was also complimentary of a couple of other players for their defensive work in the game.

“Spencer Booe and Dustin Kueser came in and did some really good things defensively,” he said. “It will be nice to watch these guys improve as a team every game.”

Metro Academy was paced by Josh West with 16 points on four field goals, two three pointers and two free throws. Isaac Kreuer and Justin Gress each added 10 points for Metro.

The Trojans were slated to return to action Tuesday evening, December 8, 2009, but due to inclement weather those tournament games were postponed to Thursday evening.

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