Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway was pleased with his team’s play during the first quarter against Silex on Courtwarming Night.
The Indians controlled the tempo behind two 3-pointers and Lucas Robinson’s basket at the buzzer to take a 12-11 lead.
Unfortunately, things fell apart in the second quarter. Van-Far’s players picked up several costly fouls as three players picked up three first half fouls.
With the game tied at 18, the Owls put together an 18-0 run to take a 34-21 lead into halftime.
“Coach (Brett) Reading and I were really unhappy with our body language and the way we acted in the second quarter,” Connaway said. “We lost our cool and got frustrated.”
Van-Far made just 2-of-10 free throws in the first half while the Owls’ offense made 12-of-20 shots from the field.
The Indians turned up their defensive pressure in a third quarter where both teams combined to score just eight points.
While Van-Far’s offense made just 4-of-26 shots from the field in the second half in the 53-30 loss.
“Offensively we just have to keep working and stay positive,” Connaway said. “Shots eventually will start to fall. We are getting several wide open looks, but we just are hitting from the field or the foul line. We have really struggled offensively since Christmas break. We have too good of shooters for these struggles to continue. We just need to keep grinding and pushing ourselves to get better.”
Silex made 19-of-36 shots from the field in the win.
Nick Barnes led the team with eight points, four rebounds, and one assist while Kyle Decker added six points, five rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block. John Gerdeman scored six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Sharrod Connor had three points, four rebounds, and four assists; Wyatt McDowell had three points, two assists, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne scored two points and three rebounds; Robinson had two points, two rebounds, and one steal; Woodrow Jackson had one steal; and Michael Colson had one assist.
Earlier in the week, the Indians lost to Father Tolten, 66-34.
Van-Far trailed 37-11 at halftime before being outscored 29-23 in the second half.
Van-Far struggled with Father Tolten’s two 6’6” players and their pressure in the first half.
“We were very tentative breaking the press and we rushed just about all of our shots,” Connaway said. “We hit the boards really hard, but when we got an offensive rebound we got rid of it so quick we couldn’t finish. I think their size really intimidated us and forced us to rush shots.”
The team picked up its intensity in the second and third quarters but were unable to put together a rally.
Gerdeman led the Indians with eight points while Barnes added six points. Robinson scored five points; both Decker and Jackson had four points; McDowell scored three points; and both Connor and DeTienne scored two points.