After eight days off since their home loss to Louisiana, the Van-Far Indians basketball team was hoping to get a fast start Friday night when they took on rival Community R-VI.
Van-Far’s tempo, which is a key to their game, helped them play well in the open court to take an early 18-10 first quarter lead.
The Indians went up 32-22 at halftime and pushed the lead to 13 points before a 21-8 fourth quarter helped them cruise to a 68-42 victory.
“We got off to a fast start and were able to establish the tempo we wanted,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
“… I thought we did a good job of attacking their zone and crashing the boards. We shared the ball well and had a balanced scoring attack.”
Though Connaway was happy with the win, he did say his defense was good in “spurts” but not consistent all night.
“We weren’t in our stances and we gave up too much penetration,” he added.
“Our weak side help needs to get better also. We’ve been working hard on this and stressing these points, but we need to continue to improve in all areas defensively if we want to be a good team. I’m very proud of the overall effort and the team victory.”
Ten different Indians players played in the win and logged key minutes.
Lathyn McMorris scored a team-high 19 points; Trey Miller added 15 points and six rebounds; and Caden Wilburn added career-high 15 points and eight rebounds in his break-out game.
Josh Hodde had 11 points and seven rebounds along with seven assists. Brayden Christian had six rebounds.
Van-Far outrebounded Community R-VI 39-21 and won the battle in the paint, 42-18.
“Van-Far is really talented,” said Community R-VI head coach Matt Thomas.
“They run the floor so well in transition and really put a lot of pressure on us.”
Cordell Hollensteiner led the Trojans with 17 points, three rebounds, and one assist; Cadin Escamilla had nine points, four rebounds, and one steal; Eric Hombs scored seven points, five assists, and two rebounds; Matt Gastler tallied six points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal; Blaze Escamilla had three points, two rebounds, two steals, and two assists; Klayton Bosworth had one rebound; Adam Hombs two rebounds and two assists.; and Nathan Gastler had one rebound and one block.