I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. With the break, we only had one game last week against Kasson-Mantorville. It was nice to have a little bit slower of a week so our staff could go back and watch film of what we are doing well and what we need to improve on.
We are sitting at 3-4 headed into the New Year which isn’t where we wanted to be, especially after starting out 3-0 but even in losses there are a number of positives that we can take away (just like in wins there are plenty of things we need to improve on).
- Outside of the second half against Grand Rapids and to a lesser extent the second half against Irondale, we have been extremely competitive all season. In three of our losses we held slim leads in the second half but just weren’t able to close out games. There is something to be said about learning how to win (as players and coaches). We will get better at this throughout the year.
- Our effort has been very good: Hasn’t always been pretty or executed perfectly…but we have a group of guys that work extremely hard.
- Chemistry: We have a group that really like each other and have accepted their roles within the team. Of course (like every team) we have guys that would like more minutes…but I love how this group interacts with one another.
THINGS TO WORK ON
- Shooting! We have really good shooters on our team, but we just haven’t been able to get into a rhythm, especially from 3. This is something that will come…
- Rebounding: We knew coming into the year that we would be undersized and rebounding would be a challenge…but it is a challenge that we have to compete better at. I also have to do a better job of making sure it is a focal point every practice.
- Continue to get comfortable in our style of play: We have gone from being a half court zone defensive team that really looked to throw it inside offensively to a full court man to man team that relies heavily on perimeter shooting/drives. Our guys have actually done a very good job…but it is a major change and it will take time.
GAME RECAP VS KASSON
We started out up 6-0 after making back to back 3’s but for the next ten minutes or so we just had a hard time finding the basket. Kasson went on a 32-12 run before we were able to respond with our own 24-8 run to take the lead 42-40 early in the second half. It went back and forth and the last lead that we had was at 49-47 before they closed out the game on a 21-11 run.
I give our guys a ton of credit, we fought hard and battled despite shots not falling….at all. We went 19-65 from the field, with cold shooting like that it is amazing we were in the game until the final seconds.
Logan Murhpy led the guys with 15 points, Trevor Johnson had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Drew VanEerden had 14 points. Carson Klein had 8 and Carter Whitman pitched in 7 points and 9 rebounds. Without much to show as far as stats go, Sophomore Gabe Huset had his best game of the year, being part of the lineup that started our run at the end of the 1st half.
- JV moved to 6-1 on the year with Mello Young making a 3 at the buzzer for a one point victory!
- I think this was our last game at the middle school. Players and coaches are all excited to get back into our home gym!
- Saturday, January 4th we head up to Hibbing to play the Bluejackets. They are one of the section favorites, looking forward to the challenge!
- Happy New Years everyone—thank you for supporting our program!