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Indians knock off Wildcats, Tigers

Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Van-Far’s Josh Hodde glides through the air for a layup in the Indians’ home Courtwarming victory Friday night over Mark Twain.

A pair of 70-plus point performances helped the Van-Far Indians pick up wins over Montgomery County and Mark Twain last week.
On Courtwarming, the Indians struggled early after being outscored 18-9 in the first quarter against Mark Twain.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 12 early in the second quarter when the Indians’ offense came alive.
Van-Far was able to get into transition and make big 3-pointers to outscore the Tigers 22-9 for a four-point halftime edge.
The Indians then struggled early in the third quarter as both teams exchanged buckets for most of the frame.
Van-Far was up two heading into the fourth quarter when the Indians made some big 3-pointers.
The Indians extended the lead to 10 with five minutes left before winning the game, 73-59.
Van-Far made 14-of-20 free throws and shot nearly 50% from the field in the victory.
“We shot the ball well from the free throw line and salted the game away,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway. “We did a good job of milking the clock and shortening the game in the fourth.”
The Indians were one point away from having all five starters in double figures. Their win moved Van-Far’s record to 18-3 overall and 6-1 in the EMO Conference.
Josh Hodde led the Indians with 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists while Lathyn McMorris tallied 15 points and five assists.
Trey Miller had 13 points and eight rebounds; Caden Wilburn scored 13 points and four assists; Brayden Christian had nine points, five rebounds, and four assists; Verlyn Johnson scored three points; and Treyson Culwell had three points.
Earlier in the week, the Indians knocked off Montgomery County for the first time in several years with a 71-57 road victory over the Wildcats.
“They are a very good team and playing them at their place was going to be a tall challenge for our kids,” Connaway said. “Tonight, we played very well and handled ourselves very well…To be a good team, you have to have balance and I think our unselfishness and balance has been a major key to our success this year. This was a huge win for us and really gives us a shot to be in the hunt for a conference title.”
Van-Far jumped out to an 18-12 first quarter lead before the Wildcats cut their edge to two at halftime. The Indians came out of halftime with a 17-11 edge in the third quarter. Van-Far outscored Montgomery County 38-26 in the final two quarters in the 14-point win.
Van-Far was just two points shy of having five different players in double figures. McMorris scored 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists while Miller had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Caden Wilburn scored 13 points, eight assists, and six rebounds; Christian had 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists; Hodde scored eight points, six rebounds, and four assists; and Johnson had four points.