With 6:25 left in the 4th quarter, Nick Dakon splashed another corner 3–his third on the evening and the Warriors were down 48-50. This shot marked the 12th consecutive game where we have been leading or have been in a one possession game in the 4th quarter. For those keeping score, that is every single game this season. Without a doubt, our boys continue to show a mountain of fight and willingness to compete against anybody.
Unfortunately, the following trip down the floor, we gave up an And-1 on 3 pointer and the scored ballooned to 6 and we could never find the legs that we needed to get enough stops in the 4th quarter. It was a back and forth game all night.
We always knew we were going to switch to zone at some point on the evening and it was a coaching mistake by me to not start us out in it and before you could blink, we were down 13-2. Like they always do though, they bailed the coach out and before the end of the first quarter it was a 2 point game. For the next two quarters, it was a back and forth, physical battle. Credit goes to Ruskin on their shot making abilities tonight, particularly from contested shots around the rim and from the midrange, they just continued to rattle them home with hands in their face. Their pressure bothered us too as we committed 21 turnovers, way too many for a home game against a very good team.
All in all, it was still a decent night. As a team, we hit 11 threes and won the rebounding battle by a comfortable margin but got obliterated by points in transition and points in the paint. We didn’t play our best, we didn’t play our worst but we competed and stuck together as a group and we got a little bit better tonight and got some stuff down on film that we can look at and address for the next battle.
Ryker Edwards led us this evening with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Brad Schram had 14 points, including 4 more threes, pushing his season total to 34. To round out the scoring, Keltin Nitsche had 10, Nick Dakon had 9, Rhett Foster had 8 and scoring his Varsity point last night was Marcus Garza who continues to work hard and be just a great teammate–proud of you #5! While he didn’t score, Cody Simoncic was an absolute monster on the boards, pulling down 13 of them on his own.
JV guys won their game tonight after overcoming a 2nd half deficit to win 45-40. They continue to grind out games, stick together and get enough stops when it counts to pull out wins. They are now 3-0 in conference with wins over Raytown South, Ruskin and Winnetonka and they move to 8-1 overall! They will return to the Excelsior Springs JV tournament this week, beginning with Odessa at 6:15 on Wednesday night.
Varsity guys will have to wait until Friday until we get to play again as we’ll travel south to take on Grandview! On to the next one!