I was hoping to keep up with these game wrap ups as the season progressed but with the craziness of the season I got behind so I have three quick ones below. We are sitting at 1-7, which isn’t where we thought we would be at this time. We have been highly competitive in many of our games but just haven’t gotten over the hump. There was a stretch of 5 games where we beat Cambridge and then lost 4 consecutive games by 2 possessions or less. We are so close…but we have to find a way to turn those close losses into wins.
Big Lake 86-88
Similar to the Monticello game, we came out flat and dug ourselves a huge hole. We were down 19 at halftime, which proved to be too much. We did a great job taking care of the ball, only having 6 turnovers for the game, but we were -17 on the glass. Big Lake has a very good big man who hurt us throughout the game, but mainly in the first half when Big Lake was able to build their lead.
Adam Rehm had 23 points, 8 assists, and 0 turnovers.
Trevor Johnson had 23 points and 7 rebounds
Logan Murphy had 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Nate Skiba didn’t light up the stat line, but he came in and worked extremely hard defensively in the second half. I told our guys that if we had come back to win, Skiba would have been a major reason why.
Princeton, since I have been here, has been near the top of our conference and section. They are one of the top teams in 3AAA and they were a great test for us to see if we can compete against the best. I was really proud of the way that our guys came out and competed. We got down 8-10 points numerous times and we kept on fighting back and keeping the game within reach until the very end. This game proved that when we come out with energy, we can score with and compete with the best.
Princeton did a great job limiting our 3 point shooting, holding us to 5-16 from beyond the arc. I was really pleased that despite our lack of 3 point shooting, we were aggressive going to the basket and still ended up with 87 points. One of our major goals for this game was to hold them down in transition, but they ended up scoring 38 points in transition, which is way too many. We were able to force 21 turnovers but committed 20 of our own.
I thought that we played extremely hard for the entire game, but I know that we can play better. We have to improve getting back, taking care of the ball, free throw shooting, and rebounding.
Trevor Johnson continued his great season, having a 30 point and 11 rebound night.
Logan Murphy had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Adam Rehm had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Andrew Thauwald had his best game of the year with 12 points and Carson added 10.
St. Francis 62-82
After playing good (not great) basketball for the previous 5 games, I was disappointed in how we came out for the St. Francis game. The Saints are much improved and are currently a top 10 team in 3AAA (as is Princeton) and we just didn’t come out and compete in a way that you have to in order to beat a top 10 team. Give St. Francis a ton of credit, their role players stepped up huge and they have two sure-fire all conference players that played great.
At one point it was 29-31, and from there we lost all momentum and after going into half down 14, we weren’t able to fight back like we did against Monticello and Big Lake. I was really impressed with the way that St. Francis defended us…taking away the three point arc (3-15 from 3) and forcing us to make contested shots at the rim against their starting frontcourt of 6’5″, 6’7″, and 6’7″.
After scoring 78, 86, and 87 in our previous 3 games our offense was really stagnant. We only had 10 assists and the ball didn’t move the way that it had been over the previous 3 games.
Adam Rehm had 28 points and 3 rebounds.
Trevor Johnson had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Logan Murphy had 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.