The Van-Far Indians knocked off two Bulldogs teams last week after defeating both Louisiana and South Callaway.
In their match-up with an always tough Louisiana team coached by Van-Far alum Matt Smith, the Indians jumped out to a big 16-4 lead in the first quarter.
They built the lead off an 11-0 run to start the game. Senior captains Trey Miller, Caden Wilburn, and Verlyn Johnson combined to score 25 of the team’s 32 first half points to help the Indians cruise to a 68-54 victory.
Miller finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds, and five steals.
“Trey was a beast tonight,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway. “He was in total ‘bull’ mode and they had no answer for him. He was active on both ends of the floor, dished the ball off to teammates for easy buckets, grab boards, finished, and had five steals on defense.”
Van-Far’s defense held Louisiana’s Derek Richards in check for a majority of the game.
The bench players gained valuable experience and minutes in the win.
Caden Wilburn added 14 points and six rebounds; Verlyn Johnson had eight points; Dillion Minor added six; Verdell Johnson scored five points; Rylee Hanson, Mel Troy, and Sam Middleton each had three points; while both Morgan Slatten and Colin Wilburn had two points.
Van-Far made just 4-of-20 3-point shots in the win.
Earlier in the week, the Indians picked up their first win of the season, knocking off South Callaway on the Bulldogs’ home court, 67-61.
The Indians won the game in spite of turning the ball over 21 times. In fact, Van-Far turned the ball over in seven of the team’s first eight possessions as they trailed South Callaway 16-9 in the first quarter.
Van-Far rallied for a 22-11 second quarter before holding on late for the six point victory.
“In the locker room we talked about finishing and be able to steal a road win in a tough environment and what it was going to take in order to accomplish this goal,” Connaway said. “In the third quarter we came out and built a 12 point lead, but could never shake them.”
The Indians made 14-of-18 free throws in the fourth to seal the win. Trey Miller and Caden Wilburn combined to make 12-of-14 free throws.
Van-Far outrebounded South Callaway by 25 rebounds.
Miller finished the game with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Verlyn Johnson had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds; Caden Wilburn had 14 points; Colin Wilburn added six points and 10 rebounds; Troy had six points; Middleton added five points; Verdell Johnson had four points; and Rylee Hanson scored one point.