We’ve all heard the expression, “offense wins games, but defense wins championships.” However true that may, or may not be, the Sleepy Eye boys basketball team found out that defense or a lack thereof can lead to a win or loss of a single game as well.
The Indians struggled all game long trying to keep up with the size, strength and inside game of the Mustangs of BLHS.
“Defensively we really struggled to stop them inside,” head coach Brian Polesky commented. “They really hurt us inside. They went to the glass real well.” He continued.
Ball protection and turnovers also played a key role in the loss.
“When you come off a layover after the holiday break, you would expect to see more turnovers, but we should have been able to protect the ball better than we did.” Polesky said.
As a whole, the Indians didn’t shoot the ball that poorly, putting up a respectable 52 points in the contest, but the size of the Mustangs was too much for the Indians in the end.
Polesky said, “BLHS has some big inside players that really negated anything we wanted to do inside, so we had to rely on the outside shots. Again, I?think the big thing was their inside game both offensively and defensively. Rebounding...they really hammered us on the boards. They used their size really well.”
The game was a tough loss for the Indians, yet as lopsided as the score looks on paper, Sleepy Eye put up a strong effort. In the end, however, the team was simply outmatched defensively and in size. Despite the strong effort of the Indians, the Mustangs came out on the upside of the 75-52 final score.
Brandon Polesky - 17 pts
Matt Schroepfer - 15 pts