Something had to give when Twin Cedars hosted the Tri County Trojans Thursday, Jan. 9, in varsity boys’ basketball action.

Both teams entered play at the Twin Cedars gymnasium without a win this season.

Devin Arkema and Zach Peterson got the TC Sabers off to a fast start scoring 11 of the teams 18 points in the opening quarter.

The Sabers were up 18-12 at the end of the opening eight minute session.

Quarter number two saw Jace Nichols and Dallas Clark, two players off the bench, giving the Sabers an offensive lift.

The Sabers were looking good, leading 30-24 at halftime, heading into the halftime break and the “Chuck A Duck,” competition at intermission.

TC went on to gain a 58-42 win to move their record to 1-8 overall. Tri County stayed close at halftime as Brayden Moore had 10 points at the break.

Out of the lock room, TC found success with the same formula that worked in the first quarter, relying on the duo of Arkema and Peterson.

The two combined to scored Twin Cedars’ first 14 points in the third period as they extended the lead to 47-35 entering the fourth.

The Saber defense came up big in the fourth, even more so than earlier in the game.

Tri County couldn’t buy a bucket, scoring only two points in the first six and a half minutes of the final quarter.

At the end of the night, Devin Arkema led the Sabers with 17 points followed by Peterson with 11. Nichols finished with eight points, Kade Dunkin seven, Clark six and Brett Sedlock five.

Monroe topped the Trojans with 16 points and Dayton Pace chipped in 13.

Tri County fell to 0-9 with the setback.

TC Coach Blake McWilliams stated, “That was Arkema’s best game of the season. After they went to a zone we recognized what we needed to do. It was a great team effort!”

Odds and Ends

TC will face S.E. Warren on the road Thursday in a girl-boy twin bill.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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