Friday night we hosted Top-10 Hibbing and came up short, 48-66. Hibbing, one of the favorites in section 7AAA, came into the game 5-1, and despite it being a close game at the half we weren’t able to stay within reach throughout the second half.
Hibbing jumped on us early, taking a commanding 22-7 lead but we responded well with our own 18-7 run to go into half down 25-29. Early in the second half it was 28-31, but then Hibbing went on an 11-0 run making it 42-28 and we were never able to get it down to single digits after that. Give Hibbing a ton of credit, most coaches coming into the season picked them as the favorite in the section and they showed why. They have good size, shooting, and they play well with each other and execute their system very well.
Two areas really hurt us against Hibbing:
- Transition Points: We were outscored 25-2! Not sure which number is worse, that we allowed 25 or that we were only able to get 2. We haven’t been able to get the pace where we want it most of the year…as a staff we have to figure out how to get us playing faster. We are doing a good job forcing turnovers (forced 22 vs Hibbing) which will typically lead to transition, but for some reason it isn’t.
- Rebounding: Been an issue for a while. We are limited size wise, but that isn’t going to change so we have to figure out ways to overcome that. Boxing out, being committed to crashing the glass, etc…We were outrebounded 49-22!! This has to improve for us to be able to compete against the better teams on our schedule.
Our shooting hasn’t been where we need it to be either. We were 9-26 from within the paint….compare that with Hibbing going 16-31 and that is a big difference. We have to do a better job finishing through contact and focusing on the shot rather than the contact/avoiding a block. Again, something that as a staff we have to focus on in practice.
Rebounding…Finishing…Playing Faster/Capitalizing on other teams mistakes. Those are the three areas that stand out right now.
Trevor Johnson led the way with 10 points and 7 rebounds (leading scorer at 10 is not typical for us)
Carson added 9 points and Gabe Huset had a very solid game off of the bench with 8 points.
Adam Rehm had 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Trevor and Rehm, leading into Friday night, were averaging over 36 points/game combined…so give Hibbing credit for being able to hold them down to 17.
***Side note…Mayson Brown from Hibbing scored his 1,000th point. Congrats to him. We compete like crazy while the game is going…but after the horn sounds you respect the amount of work that goes into becoming a great player***