The struggles continued for the Van-Far boys basketball team last week after they lost EMO Conference games to Mark Twain and Montgomery County.
On the road in the match-up with the Tigers, Van-Far led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter before a tough second quarter put them down by two points at halftime.
Mark Twain pushed their lead to six at the end of the third when the Indians rallied in the fourth.
The Tigers unfortunately held on late in the game for the 52-50 victory after the Indians’ 3-pointer didn’t fall on a forced shot after a ball screen was missed.
“Tonight was a very frustrating loss,” said Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway. “We played very hard tonight. The game was very physical, which played into Mark Twain’s hands, but the bottom line is we didn’t do a good job of executing all night and it showed up big at the end with the game on the line.”
Mark Twain scored 34 of their 52 points in the paint.
“It’s hard to beat teams when you give up shots that close to the rim,” Connaway noted. “…We did a lot of good things. We got out an ran the floor, finished at the rim, and dictated tempo. Those are things we haven’t been able to do in a while. If we keep working hard and competing, we will start to show the positive results we want.”
Sharrod Connor led the Indians with 16 points while Nick Barnes had 13 points and four rebounds.
Josh Hodde had 11 points and five rebounds; Lathyn McMorris added six points and six rebounds; Lucas Robinson tallied two points and four rebounds; and Wyatt McDowell had two points.
Loss to Wildcats
On a second “Paint It Pink” night for the district, the Indians fell apart defensively in a 98-56 loss to Montgomery County.
The Wildcats scored 42 points in the paint as their team is known to take a shot every 12 seconds.
Van-Far tried to match the Wildcats quickness early as they trailed 22-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Indians, they were outscored 64-31 in the next two quarters as the Wildcats won by 42 points.
“When they changed defenses and went to their 1-3-1, they were able to really slow us down on the offensive end and we weren’t able to convert shots and we weren’t able to speed ourselves up,” Connaway said.
“…We have got to do a better job of limiting teams to one shot…We are giving up way too many offensive rebounds and giving up too many point blank buckets.”
Hodde led Van-Far with 14 points while Connor added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Robinson scored 10 points; McDowell had five points and five rebounds; Barnes scored four points and five rebounds; both Cameron Perkins and McMorris had three points; while both Brayden Christian and Trenton DeTienne scored two points.