After a disappointing first round loss in last week’s Mark Twain Tournament, the Van-Far 8th grade boys basketball team rallied for a consolation championship.
A two week layoff seemed to play a factor in the first round game against Highland as the Indians lost 45-35.
Van-Far led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but trailed 25-19 at halftime. Brayden Christian was in foul trouble in the second quarter and sat about five minutes.
The Indians were outscored 20-16 in the second half in the loss.
“I’m going to take the blame; I don’t feel I had them ready to go,” said head coach Joe Basinger. I wasn’t pushing them hard enough in practice to get them there. We didn’t rebound well either.”
Christian scored a team-high 17 points. Josh Hodde finished with nine points, Lathyn McMorris added six points, Colten Jensen had two points, and Kyle Ebers scored one point.
Van-Far refocused in game two on Wednesday night and beat the host Tigers 36-26.
Van-Far led 22-11 at halftime and never looked back in the 10-point victory. McMorris led the Indians with 13 points while Parker Wallace scored seven points. Both Jensen and Hodde had six points while Christian added four points.
“We showed up and played great defense that night,” Basinger said. “When you hold a team to 26 points you’re going to win a lot of games.”
In the final game, the Indians held on for a win over Louisiana, 44-39.
The Indians led by two points at halftime before outscoring Mark Twain 25-22 in the final two quarters.
“Defensively, we had a little problems in defending the cross screens,” Basinger said.
Offensively, the Indians used a pick and roll with McMorris and Christian. McMorris finished with 23 points and Christian added 11 points. Both Hodde and Wallace scored four points while Trey Atkinson added two points.
The 8th grade team then knocked off Elsberry on Monday night 51-15.
Van-Far led 25-7 at halftime and never looked back.
Hodde and Christian each scored 14 points while both Walter Salmon, Jr. and Wallace scored six points.
Jensen added four points, Atkinson had three points, and both McMorris and Paul Schambach scored two points.