Trojans down Olathe Christian 69-62

The Osawtomie Trojan boys basketball team ran their record to 5-1 on the season on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, by taking a close, seven point 69-62 victory over a talented Olathe Christina Academy team. The Trojans never trailed in the game, but Olathe Christian remained close.

WLH0342 “They (Olathe Christina) are a team hat has played a couple of Blue Valley schools very tough and even beat Aquinas by eight,” said Trojans Head Coach Darren Soucie. “We did a good job defensively stopping their leading scorer, but I thought in the first half we gave up too many offensive rebounds.”

Playing the game without a major team component, the Trojans took on the Olathe Christian team without Seth Jones, who was unable to play due to sickness, but were able to hold Olathe Christian at arms length and secure the victory.

The Trojans grabbed a one point lead at the end of the first quarter, taking a 16-15 lead. Osawatomie stretched the lead to three points on the strength of a 17-15 second quarter score taking a 33-30 halftime lead. The lead grew to five points as the Trojans outscored Olathe Christian 19-17 in the third period, and then closed out the contest with a 17-15 advantage in the fourth quarter to take the seven point victory.

“It was a fairly close game, I thought we had some guys step up and do some good things,” Soucie said. “We are improving as a team and need to keep getting better every game.”

The Trojans were lead in scoring by Brendan Soucie who hit for 22 points on eight of 16 shooting from the field and six of 12 from the free throw line. Soucie added 15 rebounds and five blocked shots on the evening.

Brandon Oakes chipped in 13 points on the evening going four of 12 from the field and five of eight from the free throw line. Jacob Vail also hit in double figures for the Trojans on six of 16 from the field. Vail also added eight rebounds for the Trojans.

The Trojans will return to the hardwoods on Friday, January 15, 2010 as they will travel to Wellsville to take on the Eagles before taking part in the Spring Hill Invitational Basketball Tournament next week.