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Tuesday, December 5

Rose Cracks 1,000 As Trojans Win 74-44

    With approximately 7 seconds to go in the third quarter Monday night, Richard Rose got a monkey off his back for the Varisty Boys Basketball team. He drove in towards the hoop and pulled up for the short jumper. Those two points were his 11th and 12th points of the quarter and numbers 1,000 and 1,001 for his career. A timeout was called and Rose was given the game ball as a souvenir for entering the selecive club that includes 21 others on the Boys side and only 27 others overall in Troy basketball history. By the end of the third quarter, the game was well in hand for the host team and they went on to beat St. Dominic 74-44.
    The Trojans opened the game clicking from behind the arc, hitting 5 of 10 three-pointers on their way to an 18-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kent Rau got on the board early and often in the first, draining 2 of 5 from three-point land for 6 of his 16 first half points.
    The Trojans outscored the Crusaders 23-11 in the second quarter to take a 41-21 lead at halftime. Rau continued his hot shooting and converted a fast break layup or two. He even recorded a block on Crusader 3-point attempt with 3:15 to go. Overall, the Trojans were 8 of 17 from 3 in the first half.
    St. Dominic came out swinging in the second half but the Crusaders were outscored 19-15 in the third, including Rose's 12 for the Trojans.
    In the fourth, with Rose and Rau on the bench, Troy outscored St. Dominic down the stretch 14-8 to preserve the win. Rose ended the game with 22 while Kent Rau had 21. Rose was 3 for 7 from three and Rau was 5 for 11. The Troy Tournament record for three-pointers in a game is 7, set in '93 and equaled in '96 and '98.
    Next up for the Trojans is Hazelwood East, who handled Francis Howell Central 71-56 on Monday. Rock Bridge beat Riverview Gardens 67-31 in the first contest of the evening. The Bruins' win gave their coach, Jim Scanlon, his 500th career victory.

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