A growing Indians varsity basketball program followed up on last week’s win against Mark Twain with a 48-41 victory over a tough South Callaway program.
At South Callaway, Van-Far led 16-11 in the first quarter and went point-for-point in the second quarter to end the half with a 28-23 edge.
The Indians put up eight points in the third quarter and finished the fourth quarter winning it 12-8.
“It was a very physical battle and our kids got off to a slow start. We were down 11-4 in the first quarter,” Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway said.
“We called a timeout and settled the boys down and then we were able to close the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 16-11 lead heading into the second quarter.”
Connaway said in the second half, South Callaway rallied late in the game.
“The second half the game got really physical and we started to ‘crack’ a little bit but we were able to keep our composure and were able to withstand the fourth quarter charge,” he said.
Connaway said Ethan Gooch scored 12 points in the second half with a Ryan Nelson offensive rebound and put-back that helped lead the Indians to victory.
Tied 41-41 in the fourth quarter with 1:12 remaining in the game, Gooch made the first of two free throw attempts with the second miss rebounded by Nelson, who was able to score two points for the Indians.
With a three-point Indians lead, Connaway said South Callaway then threw away the ball. Gooch came back with a lay up and sunk two free throws for Van-Far to end the game on a 7-0 scoring drive.
Gooch scored a team-high of 18 points. Brian Kurz put up 15 points, Ryan Nelson had eight, and Nick Barnes had six points.
The Indians hit 31 percent of their shots from the field and 58 percent from the line. Van-Far had 46 rebounds, of which 15 were offensive. The Indians had 18 turnovers.
“South Callaway is a good ball club and is a very tough place to play,” Connaway said.
“For our kids to be able to come in here and get a win is huge for our confidence level, last year they beat us by 24 points on our home court. It was a great win for us, but we need to now shift our focus on next Friday’s game at Wellsville,” he said.
The Indians are 2-0 on the season and face Wellsville on Friday, December 7 in a game at Wellsville.