Three games into the EMO Conference schedule and the Van-Far Indians find themselves at the top of the standings after their dominant 30-point win over Silex last week. The Indians’ defensive pressure held Silex to just 24 points in the final three quarters as they won, 70-40.
The Owls jumped out to a solid 16 points in the first quarter though Van-Far was a little better with a 22-16 edge.
Van-Far pushed the lead to 10 at halftime before outscoring the Owls 36-18 in the second half in the win.
“After a slow start defensively we really cranked up our defense,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway. “…Our pressure bothered them and sped them up which caused transition baskets and a lot of turnovers. Offensively we moved the ball pretty well and we finally were able to knock down some 3’s. We almost hit more tonight than we had in the previous four games. I was really proud of our effort tonight, if we continue to defend like that we’re going to be pretty good.”
Josh Hodde scored a team-high 24 points and six rebounds in the win. Lathyn McMorris added 22 points and eight steals.
“I thought Josh did a great job of rebounding and pushing the tempo and Lathyn was extremely active on defense and had eight steals tonight which led to several easy buckets,” Connaway noted.
Trey Miller added seven points and five rebounds; Caden Wilburn had six points; and Brayden Christian tallied six points and seven rebounds.