CENTERBURG — His glasses and mild manner give one the impression of Clark Kent, but in the first half of Tuesday’s basketball game, Centerburg Trojans’ center Clayton Schaefer did a pretty good impression of the famous man of steel.
The 6-foot-7 Schaefer took charge in the low post, notching a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Trojans to a 61-39 win in their home opener against the visiting East Knox Bulldogs.
Schaefer wasted no time, scoring 16 of the Trojans 18 points in the opening quarter. That first quarter outburst included a pair of putbacks as six of his rebounds came on the offensive side of the court.
“We’ve been expecting it a little bit,” said Centerburg coach John Marhefka. “We’ve been waiting for it. He’s got some work to do to continue to grow. He’s learning as he goes, but it was good to see him come out tonight and get some rebounds and some putbacks and hopefully he will continue to improve as the season goes along.”
On a team that is loaded with seniors, the Trojans had plenty of good performances all around. Guard Tyler Stoyle scored 17 points, added four assists, grabbed nine rebounds and was 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Teammate Mitch Stockmaster added nine points and a pair of offensive rebounds. Guard Derrick Israel had three assists to go with three steals for the Trojans.
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