Last year the Van-Far boys basketball team started the season with a win by beating the Mark Twain Tigers, 54-49.
On Monday, November 25, the Indians lost their season opener against the Mark Twain Tigers, 56-41.
The Indians started out the first quarter strong by putting up 11 points to take an early 11-8 lead.
While the Indians scored 10 points in the second, Mark Twain scored 19 to regain the lead, 27-21.
Each team scored 11 points in the third quarter, but the Tigers held on to their lead, 38-32.
In the fourth, the Tigers moved farther ahead after scoring 18 points.
The Indians scored nine points but were unable to overcome the deficit.
Leading scorers were John Gerdeman with 15 points and six rebounds while Nick Barnes had 13 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Wyatt McDowell added five points and Kyle Decker had eight rebounds.
The Indians were 16-for-41 (39%) from the field, collected 27 rebounds, committed 21 turnovers, and were 5-for-7 from the free throw line.
“The game was very physical and we handled it well for about three quarters, but once the technical was called we lost our composure and the game got away from us. After the game I told the kids the final score was not any indication of how close the game was, but we need to learn from our mistakes. We can’t get into foul trouble, because we aren’t a very deep team. We can’t lose our composure, and we must continue to play smart. I was really proud of the way the kids kept fighting and I think we learned quite a bit about ourselves and hopefully we will continue to learn and grow as the season goes on,” said Van-Far head coach, Pat Connaway.