Trojans pick up first win of the year against Burlington

A second half surge and post play from Pete Moe ’22 put the boys basketball team past Burlington 65-58 on Jan. 2.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

Coming into 2021 not only was Steve Bergman’s squad only two games into the season, but they were winless for the first time in a long time. The team’s new years resolution was evident this afternoon as they put themselves in the win column with a 65-58 win against Burlington.

After being off for the holidays the Trojans’ rust showed early after a couple of layups fell short. The Greyhounds quick guards picked up multiple transition points to give them an early lead. Senior Andrew Tauchen chipped into Burlington’s lead with a corner three early to make it 10-5 Greyhounds. Bergman’s offense continued to try to find some rhyme throughout the first quarter while feeding Pete Moe ’22 to cut the lead to only two at the end of the first.

Junior Antoine Tellis opened up the second quarter with a corner three in his first career start to help the Trojans find a 17-16 lead with 7:05 left in the half. Transition layups and the three-point shoot continued to haunt the Trojans on the defensive end to extend the Greyhounds’ lead throughout the second quarter. A Grahm Goering ’21 steal and fastbreak layup made it 27-35 Burlington at the end of the first half.

Moe connected from beyond the arch off an assist from Savion Taylor ’23 to open up the third quarter to make it 30-36 Greyhounds. Taylor added another three after the Goering and-one to put the Trojans up 40-38 with 4:18 left to play in the third.

Some key steals from Christian Barnes ’22 and Mikey Brown ’21 led to a Brown putback and layin from Moe to keep the Trojans up by two 46-44 to close out the third quarter.

Moe added to another impressive performance with an and-one early in the fourth, he finished with 27 points to go along with his season average of 30. Barnes knocked down two big threes to give Bergman’s squad a comfortable nine-point lead with only a couple of minutes left to make it 57-48 Trojans. Two free throws from Barnes sealed the deal late to give the boys basketball team their first win of the season.

The boys basketball team will be back in action next week on Jan. 5 in Cedar Rapids against Xavier.