Turnovers once again plagued the Van-Far Indians last week in their final boys basketball game before the Christmas break. Van-Far had 21 turnovers leading to 33 second-chance points for North Callaway in a 56-28 home loss on Monday, December 26. Van-Far lost the rebound battle 42-32 and shot just 22-percent from the field at 10-of-45.
“I was really disappointed with our execution tonight,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway. “We weren’t real focused and we let them get us out of our game. They were very physical and used their strength to bull their way to the basket. They really hammered us on the boards and also with points off of turnovers.”
Van-Far’s offense struggled in the first three quarters as they scored no more than six points in any quarter. The Indians trailed 22-10 at halftime before being outscored 19-6 in the third to trail 41-16. Van-Far scored 12 points in the fourth but lost the game by 28 points.
“We continue to struggle to get the ball through the basket, again tonight we only scored 10 points in the first half,” Connaway said. “We decided to change up the game plan about half way through the second quarter and tried to pressure them full court and make the game a little helter skelter. It was the only way we could get off any shots in the first half. It isn’t a style we can play with a short bench, but we couldn’t just sit there and take a beating…”
Ethan Gooch once again led Van-Far in scoring with 11 points while Ryan Teague added eight, Ryan Nelson scored five, Alex Culver chipped in two points, and both LaQuan Jackson and Logan Boyd had one point.