Despite winning by nearly 10 points in the end, the Trojan boys basketball team had to play hard in order to claim victory over the Maize South Mavericks Friday evening.

The Trojans eventually won the game, defeating the Mavericks 53-45. However, neither team gained much advantage over the other, with the game rarely having one team lead the other with double-digit points.

Even with senior Bryant Klusener coming out and scoring a quick five points for the Trojans, the team still had a rough time pulling ahead of the Mavericks in first quarter. They ended the first leading by only four points, 11-7.

Things started looking up in the second quarter. By scoring 19 points throughout the quarter, the Trojans managed to go into halftime leading the Mavericks 30-19, in favor of the Trojans.

After halftime, the Mavericks returned ready to play hard. The Trojans only managed to score eight points, which helped the Mavericks pull closer to the Trojans in points. The game entered the final quarter with the Trojans leading the Mavericks by only seven points, 38-31.

The Trojans spent the fourth quarter proving they know how to shoot free throws. With five of the team’s players being fouled, including freshman Zach Barclay being fouled twice, the team successfully landed nine free throws as a team in the fourth quarter alone.

Thanks to those nine free throws and an additional six points, the Trojans managed to hold the Mavericks off.

Klusener and junior Austin Brown led the Trojans with 10 points apiece. Senior Adam DeKoning and junior Dante Butler both added eight. Junior Griffin Jobe added four, while senior Ryan Bezdek scored three.

Klusener led the team on 3-pointers, being the only one on the team to score two. Brown and Jobe added one of each.

DeKoning and Butler dominated on free throws, both landing four successfully. Brown scored two, while Jobe and Barclay each added one.

The Trojans will next travel to Valley Center next for a game on Tuesday evening.