Van-Far’s Ryan Nelson gets the ball in the post against Montgomery County.
The Van-Far varsity boys basketball club dropped their second contest against Community R-VI after the Indians fell to the Trojans 53-42 in the squads’ first round match-up of the Madison Tournament, held Wednesday, December 19.
The Trojans were up 14-10 by the end of the first quarter but the Indians held Community R-VI to just six points in the second quarter for a 26-20 lead at halftime. Community added 15 points in the third quarter, allowing just two Indians points to regain the lead. The Trojans went 18-14 in the fourth quarter for the win.
“We came out of the gates very flat and Community jumped up to a 4-0 lead and then opened up an 11-2 lead in the first quarter,” Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway said. “We closed the quarter out on an 8-to-3 run and then played a great second quarter outscoring them 16-6 to take a six point lead into the half. I don’t think we can play any better than what we did the last three minutes of the first quarter and the entire second quarter. Our defense was really, really good and they had trouble getting off good shots and on the offensive end we really executed and moved the ball well. We beat them up inside the entire quarter, unfortunately for us we had to go into the locker room for halftime.”
Brian Kurz posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds; Ryan Nelson chipped in 10 points with seven rebounds; Nick Barnes added nine points; and Ethan Gooch had seven points.
“The past two nights we have played excellent first halves of basketball, but for some reason have come out really flat in the third quarter,” Connaway said. “We have scored six points the past two nights in the third quarter. We have got to figure a way to start off ball games better and also find a way to come out of the locker room in the third and play better. Tonight was a frustrating loss for the boys, they played so well early and were very down after the game because of our poor performance in the second half. This is two nights in a row we have had good teams down and on the ropes, but haven’t been able to finish and seal the deal with a ‘W.’ We will now take a few days off, let the boys clear their minds and rest their bodies and we will get ready for part two of this long season.”
Falls to Montgomery County
The Indians were nearly point-for-point with Montgomery County on Tuesday night, December 18 but the Wildcats pulled away late in the fourth quarter for an Indians’ loss. Montgomery County led by one point at 13-12 at the end of the first quarter with Van-Far winning the second quarter 15-14 for a 27-27 tie game at halftime after Brian Kurz posted a quick two with just seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats came back to win the third quarter 5-4 and put up 19 points in the fourth quarter for a 51-45 victory.
“The first half was back and forth,” Connaway said. “Montgomery would jump up and then we would claw our way back and take a lead and then they would charge back and take the lead. It was a very good exciting basketball game in the first half, both teams executed their offensive sets really well and neither team committed very many turnovers after the first few minutes of the game.”
Barnes tallied 15 points; Nelson added 13 points and 13 rebounds; Kurz had eight points with 13 rebounds; and Gooch scored six points with eight rebounds.