CHARLESTON — Following a tough loss against Mahomet-Seymour, the Charleston Trojans boys' basketball team was defeated by the Taylorville Tornadoes in a nailbiter home matchup. The Trojans only had the lead in the first minutes of the game and never took the lead again in a 75-63 loss.

The Trojans began the game with a sluggish start, playing catch-up to a hot Tornado offense. The Trojans came into the second half behind by 14 points, but came into the third quarter with a new edge. With 3 minutes left in the third, Charleston’s defense recharged with junior Luke Buescher getting a steal followed by a free throw made by sophomore Caleb Hurst.

Now behind 33-47, senior Reid Littleford stole the ball which lead to a bucket by freshman Cade Landrus.

The Tornadoes would respond with more points on the board, but Littleford continued to strive with a 3-pointer to put them behind 41-54. Taylorville then sunk in a bucket right before the 4th.

The Charleston offense played it’s hardest in the last minutes, with a run in the final minutes putting pressure on Taylorville. With 4 minutes left, Charleston was only behind by six points. However, turnovers and fouls stopped the Trojans from catching up to the Tornadoes.

Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said he was disappointed with the team’s performance in the first half, but thought they improved throughout the second.

“Terrible performance in the first half, really thought they played much better in the second half,” Mayhall said “A little less unselfish play in the second half, (we) started moving the ball.”

Mayhall was also proud of a few players for stepping up in the second half.

“I saw some kids step up tonight. Blake Bonnstetter did some good things,” Mayhall said.

The 3-4 Trojans move on to play a home game against the Effingham Flaming Hearts on Dec. 16.

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