Cambridge Trojans make history, capturing first RPAC title in basketball
Cambridge boys basketball couldn't have asked for a more historic finish to the RPAC championships.
Upsetting undefeated Paxton to win their first conference title, makes the Trojans NTV's team of the week.
They've become a Trojan Army proven to topple any wall that stands in their way. Despite a tough loss to Dundy–County Stratton, Cambridge boys basketball bounced back in the RPAC Championship snapping the Paxton Tigers 15 game win streak, capturing their first conference title in school history.
''We knew if we got on top of them fast it would be good,'' junior Preston Carbaugh said. "If we stopped their running game and 6'9 kid it would be good and limit their offensive rebounds it would be a good win for us."
Having only faced two teams with winning records prior to the tournament, the Trojans quickly discovered their biggest game of the season would become their toughest game of the season, as Paxton knotted it up at 31 with only one quarter remaining.
"We knew we had to get stops on defense one at a time," Carbaugh continued. "limit the turnovers and just take our time down on offense and get a good bucket every time."
That's when the Trojans came through with one last offensive battle, adding 14 points to the board. A surge led by Carbaugh who totaled 16 points in the game. 15 of which came from three–point territory.
"It was a big atmosphere that I'm not use to," Carbaugh stated. "But I felt that if I just kept shooting that ball would fall through and it just happened to do so."
"Preston came out and he looked confident and he can go off anytime he sees one or two go in," head coach Jimmy Blex said. "So we have a few guys like that and the fun thing about the tournament wad we had three different guys lead us on all three nights."
Then to seal the deal Cambridge came up clutch draining four straight freethrows in the final two minutes, locking in the RPAC title 45–41.
"We just wanted to melt out the clock a little bit and make our free throws down the stretch and the game plan worked," Blex stated. "Which took good defense to get stops on the other end as well."
At 13-3 the Trojans lead their district and are poised to finally make a state tourney appearance for the first time in over a decade. They're back in action Feb. 2. at home against Perkins County.