Trojan hits 30 in big win at Bartley

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Cambridge sophomore Paxton Ross (left) was zoned in on scoring 30 points during the Trojans’ 60-45 RPAC quarterfinal win over Southwest Tuesday.
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette

BARTLEY, Neb. — Every town in Nebraska would love the great Cambridge P.R. filling Bartley’s nets Tuesday evening.

The Southwest Roughriders certainly had a hand in Trojan success — but two or three hands and even a foot probably wasn’t bothering Paxton Ross during this RPAC tourney game.

“Give credit to him (Ross). The kid couldn’t miss,” coach Christian Arterburn said after Ross ripped eight three-pointers to spark a 60-45 Cambridge win. “We had a hand in his face on almost every (three). We tried a box-in-one and it didn’t help. He was on fire.”

Ross totaled 30 points as the Trojans (12-3 record) broke free from a 30-27 first half.

They move on to Friday’s RPAC East title game against 13-4 Arapahoe.

Southwest (8-7) featured its own sophomore sharpshooter — Bryan Leslie — with his team-high 20 points.

Guards Blake Williams and Dylan Hofman both drilled “triples” to keep the Roughriders close through one half.

“Bryan’s so versatile, he can attack inside and from outside,” Arterburn observed. “Dylan’s been stepping up and scoring more lately. Blake hit some shots. We just turned the ball over a little too much in the second half.”

The Trojans took advantage of both miscues and Ross’ inability to miss. They zoomed ahead 44-30 then finished strong with senior powerhouse finishers Tyler Borland and Caden Houghtelling.

Borland turned several terrific passes into clinching baskets. He also hustled into position for one or two huge offensive putbacks.

A fine fourth considering Borland was frustrated about missing four free throws in he first half.

“Maybe I’ll shoot them underhanded,” he joked.

Houghtelling added 10 points to help Cambridge its second win on Southwest’s home floor this season.

The RPAC East title game will be played at Alma. Saturday’s title game pitting East and West division champs is set for McCook Community College.

Southwest will aim for a consolation title.

“We’re in the gauntlet of our schedule right now,” Arterburn concluded. “We just have to fix some little things that we can work on in practice.”

CAMBRIDGE (60) — Paxton Ross 30 points, Tyler Borland 12, Caden Houghtelling 10, Preston Carbaugh 3, Deryk Huxoll 3, Kyle Eubanks 2.

SOUTHWEST (45) — Bryan Leslie 20 points, Logan Greenlee 8, Derek Greenlee 8, Blake Williams 6, Dylan Hoffman 3.

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