After running into state power Elsberry in the first round of the Bowling Green Tournament, Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway was looking to see how his team would respond against the host Bobcats in the consolation semifinals. Unfortunately, Bowling Green ended a two game losing streak to the Indians with a 56-42 victory.
“This was a game I thought we should have won, but we just didn’t execute and the advantage I really thought we would have never materialized,” Connaway said. “We only out rebounded them by one and I thought we would control the boards against them and get a lot of easy baskets on the offensive end, but we only scored six second chance points.”
Offensively, the Indians struggled as they missed at least 10 shots from inside four feet and made just 14-of-25 free throws. Van-Far shot just 29-percent from the field and were outscored by the Bobcats’ bench 24-3. Van-Far trailed 34-24 at halftime before outscoring Bowling Green by four in the third quarter. Foul trouble plagued Van-Far as Ryan Nelson, Brian Kurz, and Ethan Gooch all fouled out of the game.
Bowling Green increased their lead by eight points in the fourth to seal the 14-point victory.
“Defensively we didn’t play well,” Connaway said. “We had trouble guarding them man-to-man so we had to switch to our zone. We didn’t rotate very well to shooters and they made us pay.”
Kurz led the Indians with nine points and 11 rebounds while Gooch tallied eight points and six rebounds. Ryan Teague had eight points; Logan Boyd scored seven points and nine rebounds; Nelson tallied seven points and nine rebounds; and Kyle Decker scored three points.