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PHS Men’s Basketball teams are victorious in first home game

PHS Men’s Basketball teams are victorious in first home game

On Tuesday, December 5, the PHS varsity basketball men’s Trojans defeated the Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays 56-41 in front of a packed home crowd.

The varsity game was close through the first half. The Trojans outscored the Blue Jays 17-15 in the first quarter, and the two teams stayed neck and neck for the majority of the low-scoring second quarter until the Trojans went on a scoring run in the final three minutes of the half to pull ahead by nine. The boys came out of halftime and picked up where they left off, ending the game with a 15-point difference despite the game descending into a chippy dogfight near the end.

Coach Conaway said, “I feel like we executed the game plan well and cheated to (their top scorer), which was a big key to stopping them offensively. We just outworked them.”

Junior guard, Carter Whitley was the leading scorer, racking up 28 total points, including four three-pointers and hitting eight of his nine attempted free throws. Senior guard Gabe Brawley had 2 steals and 12 points, four of which were free throws in the fourth quarter. Senior Center Zeke Sisk also led the team in rebounds with 9 total.

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Whitley said, “We worked hard and rebounded good. We can still improve on a lot, so I hope we get better the rest of the season”

Prior to the varsity game, JV won a nail-biter in double overtime. Peyton Rowe was a huge factor in the victorious outcome, scoring 23 of the team’s 48 points. Thanks to made-free throws and a clutch three-pointer, the JV Trojans held off the JV Blue Jays and put on a show for the first home game of the season.

The Trojans next game will be away on the morning of Saturday, December 16, against the West County Bulldogs at Mineral Area College.

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Zeke Sisk, Reporter
Hey! My name is Zeke and I am a member of the class of 2024. I am the vice president of the senior class and a member of Student Ambassadors and FCA. Here at school, I am a basketball, cross country, and track athlete, but when I get home and no one is watching, I am also an avid disc golfer. Outside of school I am heavily involved in my youth group as well as owning an apparel company called "7th Trumpet". I also love listening to music and podcasts, critiquing movies, and ignoring people who ask me about my height.
Hallie Payne, Reporter
Hi, my name is Hallie Payne and I am 14 and in the 9th grade. I am involved in volleyball and basketball, and outside of school, I like to cook, spend time with my family, and watch Netflix.

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