Sophomore Nathan Ryan goes up for a shot in a game against Francis Howell Central earlier this season.

Troy’s boys basketball team ended their run this season at districts in the championship game.

Coach Tim Gilmore said he thought the kids “played their hearts out” against their opponents, Francis Howell, who won the contest 65-50.  

Howell had pulled ahead early, and misfortune struck as Junior Griffin St. Pierre was taken out of the game with an injury early on in the second quarter.

“We talked a ton this year about being resilient and we thought the guys showed it by being down 10-0 to start the out the game, then fought back to take the lead in the first quarter,” Gilmore said. “Also, when you lose a player of Griff’s ability, it can take a toll on a team. The guys regrouped in the locker room at half and dug deep to get it to a three-point game in the third, which shows great character. Unfortunately, Howell does a great job of utilizing their size and shooting ability, which makes it tough to beat them.” 

Overall the season was a successful one, Gilmore said, and the coach lauded his players for their tough defensive game. 

“Being undersized in about every game, it was great to see the effort each of them put forth in order to compete night in and night out,” Gilmore said. “Offensively we really got it clicking down the stretch, winning seven of our last eight games. The boys were so unselfish the entire year and were always looking to give up a good shot to get a great one.”

A number of players that are staples to the Trojan lineup are leaving to graduation: Tyson Ludwig, Braden Nett, Kendall Hutchison, Johnny Rasco and Corey Juergensmeyer.  

Gilmore said he and his co-coaches will miss the seniors next year. 

“The coaching staff greatly appreciate Braden Nett, Tyson Ludwig, Johnny Racso, Kendall Hutchinson and Corey Juergensmeyer, for their ability to accept new concepts and buy into our philosophy,” Gilmore said. “These guys allowed us to coach them hard and they gave us everything they had and we are grateful for it.”   

Even with five players leaving, next year looks good, as a number of junior players will be stepping into the senior leadership roles.

“We will have a great group of senior leadership next year in Griff St. Pierre, Jacob Bruns, Alex Thomas, and Ben Wegryzn,” Gilmore said. “Joining these guys will be Nathan Ryan, Charlie Nett, and Jack Fessenden, all which played huge roles for us as underclassmen.”

“We are excited about these seven guys mixed in with players we will move up from our JV and freshmen team,” he added. 

“It will be nice to have a full summer this year with the guys and also having our concepts in will be very beneficial. Overall, the coaching staff is very excited about the future of our program and looking forward to get back into the gym soon.”

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