Last week’s conference game against Clopton had everything a true basketball fan could want. Energy in the stands, two teams that know each other very well, overtime and of course “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat.”
A game that went into overtime tied 35-35 ended on a three-point buzzer beater with only 1.3 seconds left by Clopton’s Rheed Leake, giving the Hawks a 43-40 victory.
Despite the heartbreaking last second loss, Head Coach Ryan Parker was focused on the fact that his team just didn’t value the basketball.
“Before the game we talked about limiting our turnovers and executing our stuff. The games we have lost this year we really didn’t value the basketball enough,” said Parker. “Sometimes it’s not necessarily just turning it over, it’s taking quick shots and bad shots. That is one area we have to get better in.”
Parker was also not happy with the execution out of time outs. In fact in his words it was “terrible.”
With this loss it shows that the Indians have to be on their game each and every night.
“We have to get back into the mind set of everyone is going to give us their best game and we have to be on our game to every night,” said Parker. “If not we will get beat.”
The Indians had two players finish in double figures. Kenny Lesley (14 points) and Rahiem Porter (11 points).
Consistency in sports goes together like peanut butter and jelly and for the Elsberry Indians one thing that has been consistent…winning at home.
The Indians captured their 23rd straight home victory with a 67-42 drubbing of Winfield last Friday night. Their last home loss came almost three seasons ago against Orchard Farm.
The game plan against Winfield was simple, limit the scoring from their number one guy, David Bauer.
Bauer who is averaging mid 20’s on the season had only five points in the first half and 14 points overall.
“One of our goals was to limit their best player in [David] Bauer and Rodney [Chatman] did an excellent job shutting him down,” said Head Coach Ryan Parker. “The defense that Rodney played on Bauer was unbelievable.”
Early on it was the Rahiem Porter show with 13 of his 17 points coming in the first half.
In the second half it was 12 points from Chatman and 15 points from Lesley that helped the Indians pull away from Winfield.
Fresh from their impressive victory over the Wellsville Lady Tigers on Jan. 3, the Elsberry Lady Indians continued their winning ways by defeating the Wright City Lady Wildcats 81-22 in the opening round of the Clopton Invitational on Jan 8.
“Our girls played well,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo.
Elsberry outscored Wright City 24-2 in the first quarter and went in to halftime with a 45-12 lead.
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Tanner Bencomo with 16 points, followed by Olivia Brown and Kate Boedeker who each contributed 14.
Amanda Jo Talbot also chipped in offensively with 13 points and Brittni Hagemeier added 10.
Coach Bencomo said the win had a lot to do with focusing on the basics.
The Lady Indians then advanced to the championship round of the tournament with a 50-30 win over the Silex Lady Owls on Jan. 9.
“It was an excellent team victory,” said Coach Bencomo.
From the outset, both teams appeared to be evenly matched. In fact, at the end of the first quarter the teams were tied at five points apiece.
That didn’t last for long, however, Elsberry outscored Silex 20-5 in the second and went into halftime with a 25-10 lead.
Unfortunately, Silex lost a dominant presence on the court when Leah Miller went down in the third quarter due to a knee injury.
Miller did not return to the game and the extent of her injuries is still unknown.
The Lady Indians were led in scoring by Boedeker with 15 points, followed by Brown and Hagemeier who each contributed 11.
Although the Lady Indians came out strong against the Clopton Lady Hawks on Sat., Jan. 11, they were unable to maintain their steam and lost 57-45, taking second place in the tournament.
Tanner Bencomo led the team in scoring with 14, followed by Brown with 11 and Boedeker with nine.
Article courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.